Triple roles as an Australian Chinese artist

rt is a concept valued in every society. Art can be defined as a range of activities and products that take place in the human society. Art is an expression of human beings that is influenced by culture. The primary form of art made is visual. Visual arts include creating objects or images. It is done through painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and other form of visual methods. Chinese painting is among the oldest artistic activities in the world. Painting is a traditional style of art that was appreciated in the China. This is the same case as calligraphy. It is a technique used in Chinese visual art. Artists ensure that their art is up to date in order not to lose meaning in the society. Art involves learning different aspects that help improve the existing art work. Artists therefore play different roles in their work. There is a role as an artist, as a promoter and facilitator as well as a researcher.

Chinese culture has influenced my liking for art. Art is in form of visual and others such as music, poetry and move making. Art promotes the culture of a community as well educate people in different areas. Being in china and now relocated to Austria, there are elements I have learnt about Chinese and Australian Art (Finley, 2000). Some elements are common such as techniques used to make Visual Art. As an artist, I have interacted and read about different artists in the world. My favorite artists include Franz, Jackie Chan, Paul Klee and Jun Chen among others. These artists are diversified.  Some are movie actors, musicians and painters. Ancient Chinese art has been forgotten due to development of new techniques in art work. There is need to revive some of the Ancient Chinese Art as a pictograms. As an artist, my aim is to revive ancient Chinese art techniques.

Chinese writing system is unique and has evolved over time. The earliest pictographs have been upgraded and today people no longer use them. The Chinese writing system has adopted complex signs that represent words. The origin of writing in china originated from non linguistic symbolic systems. These pictograms were incised on pottery and jades. The symbols were thought to be from a particular clan or family and would help identify ownership of the pottery. This was also a way of preserving the Chinese culture. Reviving the pictograms will help revive the Chinese culture and heritage. Chinese art also include calligraphy and painting techniques.

Chinese painting is one of the oldest styles of art. The traditional painting in China is known as guohua which means national or native painting. This style of art has been used in china as opposed to western painting style that has gained popularity only in the 20th century. Traditional painting in china has similarities with Calligraphy. In China, calligraphy or writing is a fine art that has popularity in this society.  Calligraphy requires immense skills and is a unique form of style in art. In China, calligraphy is seen as a spiritual communication as well writer’s spiritual attunement. Calligraphy is known as the art of brush writing. Painting also used brush.  Painting and calligraphy uses the same materials such a brush, ink, paper and silk. I would integrate these techniques by bringing the artists together. While they work together, they can use their knowledge to develop unique artwork in today’s world. By sharing ideas and using the same materials, art can be made better. The art will also incorporate the western techniques or styles of art.  This will involve using materials used by western culture and also exchanging artwork and knowledge of art.

Working with other artists and in different places provides an opportunity to advocate for art and artists. As a teacher and a casual art demonstrator, is will promote Chinese Art all over the world. This will involves educating people of different techniques of Chinese work. It will be also an opportunity to promote the culture of Art in the world. I will collect different art work from china, Australia and other western countries. I will demonstrate the materials used to make different art work from these different societies.  Being a Chinese, I will urge people to try out Chinese techniques such as calligraphy and painting (Bhandari & Melbey, 2009).

As a theorist, I will also do more research on Chinese Art and art from other societies. This will help gather and compile information on Chinese calligraphy. The Chinese calligraphy involves different elements. The words in Chinese were simplified using pictures. This would indicate a particular word and people would require people’s imagination to get the meaning of the symbols. This will be an opportunity to interact with different artists such as movie makers, photographers, musician, tea artists, and poets among others.

Franz is a Scottish Indie rock band. He formed a band in 2002 and he is based in Glasgow. The band is made up of variety artists. The reason of choosing to work with Franz is because it’s a young band that can help gain idea about current art. The Band is also from United Kingdom where I have schooled. This band is famous and has won different awards. The band use Russian avant- garde imagery in its music.

As an artist, I have engaged in different artistic work. I make paintings and sell them to my customers. I include both Chinese calligraphy and painting together with western techniques. I sell the artworks to both Chinese and western people. This helps promote culture of different societies (Welch, 2013).

My favorite artist in China is Jackie Chan and Jun Chen. Jun Chen is a painter who has promoted Chinese artwork. Jun Chen’s paintings are spectacular. She has won prizes for her art. She did an artwork named as North Queensland.  Oil on canvas is the medium used for this artwork. The painting was done after a trip to Townsville, North Queensland. She has done a landscape after observing the town from the top of Castle Mountain.  This painting appears real. Jackie Chan also does action movies that are so interesting and sell all over the world.

Working in the triple roles is not easy but I do manage. I use my free time to engage in these activities that involves resurrecting pictograms, working with other artists as well as doing research on Chinese art. Commitment has been crucial and this helps me work on the roles simultaneously (Welch, 2013).

Beginning a painting is a choice of the artist. Every artist has steps to follow to begin and end their painting. According to Johnson (1995), beginning a painting requires an artist to have materials.  It is important to think what to buy, colors required, tools such as brushes, materials to paint on and other necessities. In painting water color, it is necessary to begin with motivation and inspiration. Once this is in place, get a basic set of painting gear together. These are the basics.  Once these are there, then the idea to be painted can be put on paper or the material in use.

There are different materials used in painting. Materials and medium are essential in painting.  In my work, I use papers, color, brushes, canvas, oil, paints, pencil, soft eraser, and drafting tape as well as water container (Bhandari and Melbey, 2009).

An artist can be termed as literati by the look of his or her work. The work is sophisticated than the traditional art. In most cases, traditional artists did their work from their own knowledge. A literati artist is an intellectual or educated on artistic work. In Chinese art, a literati painting does not only display beauty, but personal expression and erudition are incorporated in the painting (Welch, 2013).

The studio where I work from is not quite big. It is a single room where I store my materials and do my work from there whenever I have not gone outdoors to work with other artists.

Art has been my passion since childhood. I began painting when I was little and from then I knew I will study art in school. I have studied art for 10 years. I started it before high school and now as an undergraduate I am studying art. It is an interesting career and unique. In this study I am able to exploit my talent and do what I love.

Art history and art theory involves studying visual art and other forms of art. As a professional, it is difficult to skip art history and theory. This knowledge provides new insights in art and help professional artists learn new ideas as well as build on them. For instance, I have learnt different concepts from the art theory. Theory and history of art help equip the artists with knowledge on the materials used in the past. Through this, knowledge the artists can improve their art work to becoming better (Halsall, 2008).

There are myths in the society that are directed to artists. Some people think that all artists are poor and never take a bath. They also never shave. This is a myth and not all artists are poor and dirty.  I differ with this saying as today we can see established artists who are doing well financially and socially. According to Bhandari & Melber (2009), the myth of struggling artist no longer works. An artist does not have to struggle and poor to make good art. It is said that destitution and anxiety can lead to creativity. However, comfort and tranquility can also lead to creativity and generation of ideas.

In my work I ensure that I meet my targets and satisfy my clients. I do this by working hard.  Being hardworking make my work easier. This is because I will finish my work on time and even have time to do other things other than painting. This includes the triple roles and visiting different artists.

Culture is a way of doing things in a society. There are different cultures and people tend to accommodate ideas to fit in different cultures. I am a Chinese who have moved to Austria. I have to balance these two cultures in my work and social life. I ensure that I understand my personality and those people around me. Knowing who I am helps me maintain my culture. I also learn other people and adapt their way of living in Australia. By doing this, I am able to balance the Chinese and Australian cultures (Garrod & Kilkenny, 2007).

Art is my passion and would do this job again and again. It is my joy when engaging in artwork. Interacting with artists and learning new ideas is all my joy. Researching on different artists and artwork in China and Australia makes me happy. I can say that I am happy with what I am doing. The roles I am taking are providing me with opportunity to learn different concepts in art. I am able to apply different techniques in artwork that are traditional and westernized.  I am happy that in my painting I do them on my own. I prefer doing things on my own to make people want my art.  I ensure that I engage in projects that I believe will sell to people my own product. This makes me happy and I feel satisfied in my work (Bhadnari & Melber, 2009).

In conclusion, art is a crucial aspect of the society. Most cultures recognize the importance of artwork. Art represents the culture of a society. Artworks are kept in the museum to keep the heritage of the society. Art involves visual art that include painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film making and music among others. Different artists used different styles of art. In china, painting and calligraphy are the most popular styles of art. These styles are related and use the same materials. Calligraphy is a writing that is imaginative in nature. Unifying these techniques helps introduce new ideas in art and make it better.

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