'The Best of East and West'
Contemporary Chinese brush paintings, western style abstracts, collages, naïve paintings and child art – these are just some of the styles of Christine Mak's artworks carried by Eagle's Eye Art Gallery. The subject matter of these paintings varies from formal still life studies to complex abstracts and arresting figurative works.
Through primarily trained in western art forms, Christine learned Chinese brush painting a few years back had has taken to it quite seriously. In most of her works, she uses a new medium of painting. Her brush paintings are executed in acrylic over the rice paper that is pasted to board. The delightful texture and feel of the paper are great, but it is fragile when used with acrylic. When supported by board it offers an excellent media for the artist. Her typical subjects of still-lives, flower studies, traditional Chinese themes and abstracts are shown off brilliantly over this unique surface.
Christine's works have a childlike innocence. It appears that Christine has suspended her intellectual mind and artistic skills and goes back in time, to fathom deeper into her childhood dreams.
However one wonders how much more significant the impact would have been, had she narrowed her choice down to fewer themes that are close to her heart and explored them in depth. Neither it is imperative not it is practical that an artist makes a statement on everything. In the arduous and exhausting medium of painting, it is better to be more selective. And for the viewer, it is more satisfying to view engaging variations on few themes rather than intimidating diversity.
‘East and West’, an exclusive collection of Chinese brush paintings and mixed media works by Christine Mak opens for viewing at Eagle’s Eye Art Gallery.
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