Monday, February 6, 2017

Behind the Brushstrokes : Meet The Artists

It is a common knowledge that China has a long and glorious history in both arts and traditional crafts.

Last January 29, I was invited again by Ms. Melanie Lee to meet the artists behind the brushstrokes and was grateful to chanced upon one of the sons of Mr. Chan Lim, Rolex. 

Mr. Rolex Chan Lim

Last time it was the Dr. Alex who showcased his talent and love for the arts with live demo and a quick painting lessons for the attendees. 

According to Mr. Rolex, none of the Chan Lim family members have formal degrees related to arts. The Chan Lim family holds 5 Doctors of Philosophy degrees (Ph.D.) These degrees are in the fields of engineering, educational technology and management. and they are currently engaged in leadership positions with multinational companies. 

Creativity in arts is an important area of focus for the family. Infusing Western with Eastern art and exposing these in different media enabled the family to develop art done on other materials like fan, lantern and porcelain plates.

The very first Chan Lim family art exhibit was in 1995 at SM Megamall. The family has held 15 exhibits to date, both locally and internationally.

CHAN LIM is the name used by the family patriarch in signing all his art works. The pen name was crafted out of his and his wife's last names.

Chinese instrumental music and non-fresh peonies filled the venue as we go around the exhibit,  feeling the Chinese vibe the more while looking at the 300 artworks done in porcelain plates, scroll and oil paintings. 

Chan Lim family of artists and students :
The brilliant people behind the brushstrokes

The family continues to get involved in the arts by  actively developing and promoting Chinese brush painting in the Philippines and abroad.

The Chan Lim family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artist in the country today, and is sought after in this field. Art classes are conducted in the family studio located in Pasig City. Their paintings can be found in private collections here and abroad. Their workshop fee is worth P6,000 per session for 3 hours. Maximum students per class is 15 pax.

The family patriarch during the tour. Does he look 80? He's too groovy for his age,right? :-)

There will be 8 exhibits scheduled in 2017, will have more than 200 art exhibit days. These art exhibits are to comemorate the 80th birthday of Chan Lim.

So what are you waiting for? Catch the Chan Lim exhibit for an extremely beautiful and delicate display of plates and scrolls and be inspired. 

The Chan Lim exquisite exhibit of plates and scrolls will be available until February 12, 2017 at SM City North Edsa The Block Atrium.

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