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March-April 2012 - Franz Chi Lik Cheng



"Breaking the Mould" is an English expression which means to deliberately abandon the old ways and to look for new ways of doing something - as if one of the renowned ceramic artists of DeHua in Fujian province, famous for their glistening white statuettes of GuanYin, decided to make something quite new, and to do so, breaks the mould used perhaps for generations.

In this solo exhibition, Franz has “broken the mould” by creating a colourful fusion of traditional Chinese graphic icons, calligraphic expressions and classical concepts, now combined with equally traditional Western media and techniques.

The result is an exhibition that teases the mind, depicting easily-recognized Australian animals in a format more typically devoted to the Chinese zodiacal creatures; vividly coloured lotus flowers emerge from a textured background studded with examples of Chinese characters; all to provide a fresh and expressive vision of an East/West artistic conjunction.

 



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    March-April 2012 - Franz Chi Lik Cheng

  • Lotus Blossom by Franz Cheng  » Click to zoom ->

    Lotus Blossom by Franz Cheng

  • Lilies by Franz Cheng  » Click to zoom ->

    Lilies by Franz Cheng

  • Calligraphist in action  » Click to zoom ->

    Calligraphist in action

  • Franz Cheng reviewing calligraphy  » Click to zoom ->

    Franz Cheng reviewing calligraphy

  • Involved Spectator  » Click to zoom ->

    Involved Spectator

  • Australian Animals by Franz Cheng  » Click to zoom ->

    Australian Animals by Franz Cheng

  • Traditional Animals by Franx Cheng  » Click to zoom ->

    Traditional Animals by Franx Cheng

  • Frenz Cheng drawing the Dragon  » Click to zoom ->

    Frenz Cheng drawing the Dragon