February 1 - 28
Reception: Friday, February 1,
6:30pm - 7:30pm
In the City Center Art Lounge
300 Page Street
Demonstration: Friday, February 1,
7:30pm - 8:30pm, in the City Center Dining room
Translated by Gendo Lucy Xiao
"Painting of the Heart" Chinese calligraphy, or Shu Fa (the way of writing), is a traditional art and discipline that has been practiced in China since ancient time. It is both a concentration practice for the mind and an artistic expression of the characters and feelings of the practitioner’s heart. “Calligraphy is the painting of the heart and mind,” Master Mac Ming Chan likes to quote a traditional saying. We are delighted to have Master Chan, a distinctive calligrapher from China to show his art work at the SFZC city center in February and give a demonstration of the art and talk about the history and styles of Chinese calligraphy.
Master Mac Ming Chan was born in the Santou city of Guangdong province in China to a scholar and Buddhist family. He started to study calligraphy at a very young age and trained extensively with Grand Master Mai Hua San, a renowned master of calligraphy in China. Master Chan moved to Hong Kong in the 70's where he won many prizes for his art work and became an esteem artist and teacher of calligraphy in his own right. His work expresses a rare kind of beauty which integrates gentleness and strength as well as simplicity and depth. His art has been widely recognized in China, Hong Kong and overseas. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
His masterpieces include:
• Championship of calligraphy competition hosted by Hong Kong University: poem by Su Shi
(Song Dynasty). Hong Kong, 1979.
• Permanent collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art: Two scrolls of poem couplet by Deng Shiru (Qin Dynasty). Hong Kong, 1989.
• US Postal Service postage design: "Snake" character for the Year of the Snake. 2001.
• Personal collection of Mr. Ma Ying-jeou, president of Taiwan: the "Horse" scroll. 2003.
• Campaign for the China Olympic Games: "Olympic Dragon". Beijing, 2007.
• CCSF new Chinatown campus building: poem by Han Yu (Tang Dynasty), San Francisco, 2009
• Exhibition in China's National Museum, also permanent collection of the Historical Museum of Overseas Chinese: "Hainan" scroll. Beijing, 2012.