New art exhibition hall opens in city temple

An art exhibition hall of veteran artist Chen Jialing was opened in the city's Jade Buddha Temple on Sunday.
New art exhibition hall opens in city temple
Ti Gong

Veteran artist Chen Jialing (3rd right) introduces his masterpieces to visitors at the newly opened Chen Jialing Art Exhibition Hall in Jade Buddha Temple on Sunday.

An art exhibition hall of veteran artist Chen Jialing was opened in the city's Jade Buddha Temple on Sunday.

Born in 1937 in neighboring Zhejiang Province, Chen is famous for his fusion of traditional ink-wash techniques and modern elements.

A senior researcher with China National Academy of Painting and a professor with Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Chen rose to fame in the late 1980s for his "Lotus" series. His artworks have been exhibited in Japan, the United States, Germany, Singapore and the Netherlands.

The permanent exhibition space within the temple displays Chen's ink paintings under the theme of Buddhism, lotus, famous Chinese mountains and Zen. Sixteen of Chen's masterpieces on arhat — those who have achieved or are close to achieving enlightenment — are showcased.

Some inspiring Zen-style wooden furniture, silk garments and porcelain wares created by Chen are also displayed in the hall.

Chen gained his reputation as an "innovator" by applying impressionist and abstract influences to traditional Chinese ink paintings. He also blends ink with porcelain, silk garments and classical rosewood furniture.

New art exhibition hall opens in city temple
Ti Gong

The newly opened Chen Jialing Art Exhibition Hall is housed in the Jade Buddha Temple.

New art exhibition hall opens in city temple
Ti Gong

Sixteen of Chen Jialing's masterpieces on arhat — those who have achieved or are close to achieving enlightenment — are showcased at the newly opened Chen Jialing Art Exhibition Hall in the city's Jade Buddha Temple.

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