<em>Edit Event</em> Discovering Chinese Traditional Painting Restoration and Splash-Watercolor Technique

Discovering Chinese Traditional Painting Restoration and Splash-Watercolor Technique

9 May 15:00 — 16:00
10 May 10:30 — 11:30, 15:00 — 16:00

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The Hospital Club
24 Endell Street

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020 7170 9100

Zheng Hui has 16 years’ experience in painting restoration, the framing and authentication of calligraphy works and paintings and the creation of traditional Chinese paintings. Here, he presents two techniques of traditional Chinese painting: painting restoration and splash-watercolor technique.

Born in Anhui Province in 1985, the changing painting style of Zheng Hui can be compared to the ancient artists living in the Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties. In 2003, he founded Lan Qing Zhai Cultural Communications Co., Ltd. in Shanghai, which was then one of the few workshops making handcrafted frames.

Painting restoration mainly involves the repair of old and damaged calligraphy works and paintings to better preserve them. China’s painting restoration techniques feature superb craftsmanship that requires knowledge of calligraphy, painting, authentication of calligraphy works and paintings, paper, stamp and silk.

The splash-ink technique, a predecessor of splash-watercolor, boasts a long history and was recorded by Lu Guimeng, a poet of the Tang dynasty (618–907), who wrote: ‘I visited Tan Xuan’s guest with a walking stick and appreciated a splash-ink painting held in my hand.’ Splash-watercolor paintings are difficult to make. The artist first splashes pigments on an ink-marked paper, before allowing them to flow freely, and then transforms them into a painting.

Painting conservation: 9 May 15:00 - 16:00 and 10 May 10:30 - 11:30 

Splash-watercolor technique: 10 May 15:00 - 16:00

The Hospital Club