Contemporary Ceramic Painting Exhibition

5 Apr 2019 - 8:00 am to 7 Apr 2019 - 4:00 pm
King's College Chapel

Some of the artworks in this exhibition were exhibited in the King's College Chapel in summer of 2017, during the 3rd Cambridge Xu Zhimo Poetry & Art Festival. More than a dozen artists from China and the UK joined the art forum and opening of the exhibition, and over 50 Chinese and British media reported this event.

This exhibition in the Art Room, King's College, Cambridge, during 5-7th April 2019, includes new artworks and also announces the bilingual publication 'International Contemporary Ceramic Paintings' which will be published by Cam Rivers Publishing in August 2019 during the 5th Cambridge Xu Zhimo Poetry & Art Festival, hosted at King’s.

Ceramic painting is created by painting in oil-based oxides on ceramic tile by hand, followed by firing at very high (specific) temperatures. The early stages of this art form can be traced back to the Qin and Han dynasties (221 BC – 220 AD). The method for creating ceramic paintings, as we know today originates from the middle of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD).

With the development of firing technology, ceramic artists can create much larger art pieces. In the past, less advanced technology would frequently crack the finished artwork, because it was not possible to accurately set the temperature. Nowadays ceramic art is becoming much more popular, due to the raised awareness of this art form, combined with technological advances. 

For the past five years, artists from several countries visited Beijing, Jing De Zhen and Fu Zhou (Jiangxi Province, China) to create ceramic paintings. Their artworks have been exhibited in several influential museums and galleries in Mongolia, Russia, Georgia and China, including China National Art Museum of China, which were well received.

This exhibition is hosted by the Rivers Project, King's College, Cambridge, and the China Jingdezhen Modern Art Museum, whilst being supported by the Vanishing Worlds Foundation (U.K) and China National Arts Fund.

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