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Insect calligraphy

  • Description

    Chui Pui Chee, born in Hong Kong, studied calligraphy with the famous Hong Kong calligrapher Jat See-Yeu. He has a PhD degree from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, and is now a leading member of Jiazi Society of Calligraphy in Hong Kong. In this inscription, Chui plays with the ambiguity of the term ‘xie’ (寫), which means ‘to write’, but has also been used in traditional paintings in the sense of ‘to draw’. The five mosquitoes can be considered either ‘written’ or ‘drawn’ in this painting.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChina Hong Kong (place of creation)
    Chui Pui Chee (born 1980) (artist)
    Material and technique
    ink on silk, framed with juan silk pieces
    frame 55.5 x 55.5 x 1.5 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 34.5 x 34.5 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Anselmo Reyes, in memory of Mary Tregear (1924-2010), 2011.
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