Art Exhibit Featuring The Works Of Renowned
Chinese Artist and Calligrapher
Art of Heart
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City –
1250 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202-5000
October 21-23, 2016
Grand Opening reception
Friday, October 21
6:00 pm until 10:00 pm (by invitation)
The hours of the exhibit:
- Friday, 21 October: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- Saturday, 22 October: 11:00 am — 10:00 pm
- Sunday, 23 October: 11:00 am — 3:00 pm
The artist will be present throughout the exhibition. His works will be available for purchase.
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ABOUT WENJING SONG
Song Wenjing was born in 1964 in ChangAn, China - his family was originally from BoAi City, Henan Province. He taught at Zhengzhou University, before moving to Beijing where he worked as a newspaper chief editor. Currently, he is a full-time artist at Qingdao Art Academy, and Dean of the Theory Research Department. Song is also the Vice Chairman of the Qingdao Calligrapher Association and a Member of the Qingdao Political Consultative Committee. He serves on the Shandong Calligrapher Association’s Academic Committee, is a member of the China Calligrapher Association, Vice Dean of the Academy of Fine Art of Central Committee of China National Democratic Construction Association, and Acting Dean of Qingdao Sub-Academy. The city of Qingdao has also honored him as an “Outstanding Citizen of Qingdao.”
Song Wenjing’s calligraphies and artistic theses have won numerous national awards, including No. 6 and No. 7 at China’s National Calligraphy and Seal Cutting Exhibition, No.5 and No.6 at the National Young Artist Exhibition, No.3 and No.4 at the National Symposium on Calligraphy, No.2 at the National Seal Cutting Show, and the Inaugural National Regelschrift Exhibition. He also won the Gold Prize for the National Press Industry Calligraphy Competition and a Silver Prize for the Inaugural Couplet Exhibition, and was nominated at both the No.6 National Calligraphy Academic Symposium and at the No.3 Chinese Art Federation Chinese Art Critique.
Song Wenjing’s interviews, calligraphic and theoretical works are published regularly on a variety of topics of art, art research, Chinese calligraphy, calligraphy, art journal, Rongbao Studio, etc. He also offers courses and speaks at Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Ocean University of China.
Song Wenjing is a practitioner of ink, dedicated to tradition, fond of life drawing, and an academic who delves deep into research and writing. He has published 10 plus books, including “Chinese Painting,” “The Culture of Elegance (Ya),” “Art or not Art,” “A Flickering Thought Like a Sword,” and “Imprisoned by One Chinese Character.”
His personal exhibitions and joint exhibitions have toured Chinese provinces such as Guangdong, Henan, Shandong and Taiwan, and have also been presented overseas in South Korea, Japan, France, Australia, the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Song also hosts TV programs and writes columns for newspapers in China. He has worked as a producer and host at CCTV and Qingdao TV, and as a guest MC at Qingdao People’s Radio on the “Wenjing on Art” radio show. His works can be found in many museums, galleries, and private collections, worldwide.
ABOUT SONG WENJING’S LOVE OF ART:
Regarding his powerful love of art, Song says, “I have studied and practiced creative work in Chinese calligraphy and painting for more than 40 years. I have a deep love of the ancient arts and feel supremely proud to be able to contribute to Chinese culture—a culture imbued into the very blood of the Chinese people flowing through every vein. The older I get and the more experienced I become, the more fascinated I am with the depth, breadth and longevity of Chinese art.
When Chinese talk about ‘pen and ink’ in Chinese art forms, they are referring to a ‘spirit’ that goes from the artist’s soul to pen and finally to paper. It takes years of practice. Sometimes, a single line reflects a variety of elements—emotion, characters, favorability and hard work. Hence, ‘pen and ink’ are very important, but it all begins in the soul.
When Chinese talk about ‘artistic realm,’ it refers to the harmonization of content and form, blending together emotion and sceneries. The unique tools in Chinese writing and painting—brush, ink, rice paper and vermilion ink paste—are apt carriers of oriental beauty. One of the most well known artistic realms is Zen.
When Chinese talk about ‘virtue,’ it is a comprehensive spiritual state that each calligrapher pursues. Aside from calligraphy and painting, the artists should also study history, music, literature, and even philosophy. Only with a thorough knowledge of these fields can one finally achieve mastery of the virtues of his art.
Chinese calligraphy and painting respect tradition and emphasize the passing to our successors the essence of Chinese culture. After all, Chinese characters and paintings have endured 3,000 years. But while it is important to treasure and remember our history, as artists in the modern age, we need also need to keep our fingers on the pulse of our times and aim for innovation and breakthroughs.
In the past decade, I exhibited my works abroad every year or two. Each time, I try to build on the past, adopt something new, and share that in my art. Allowing exotic art philosophies to collide with my own is part of my humble effort to understand and mutually appreciate artistic expression from every corner of the world.
An ancient Chinese poem recalls a ‘bird singing on top of the branch, awaiting a response from a friend.’ My brush is my voice—it conveys my genuine wish to inspire your echoes.”
A Chronology of Mr. Song’s Major Art Exhibitions
- 1990 Silver Award at the 1st International Calligraphy Expo
- 1996 China-Korea Calligraphy Exhibition
- 1998 Silver Award at the National Dragon Contest for Young Calligraphers and
- Seal Cutters, and Wenjing Award of Tokyo, Japan
- 2006 Famous Qingdao Calligrapher Exhibit in Japan and China-Japan Friendship Calligraphy Exhibition
- 2008 Calligraphy Art Show in France
- 2009 Korean Zhizhi Calligraphy Exhibition (Seoul, Korea)
- 2011 “Shandong-Korea Ink Ties”
- 2013 Song Wenjing Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne)
- 2014 Calligraphy and Painting for Six (France)
- 2015 Qingdao Artists in North America (Ottawa and LA)
- 2016 Song Wenjing Calligraphic Arts: Three Country Tour (New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia)