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Dialogue of Friendship in The Language of Colours

May 14 - June 9

Dialogue of Friendship in The Language of Colours
Artworks of Chinese Lacquer Painting Masters

14 May – 9 June 2019
Master Bedroom Gallery

Chinese lacquer painting, an important part of Chinese traditional culture, has more than 8,000 years of history. After a long period of development and innovation, Chinese lacquer painting has now a place in the field of modern art and attracts attention from all over the world.

The Year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the sister city relationship between Guangzhou and Auckland, to promote friendship between people of the two cities and enhance cross-cultural exchanges. As part of these celebrations, this exhibition presents a group of eminent Chinese artists whose work reflects the traditional practice and the modern development of Chinese lacquer painting.

In 2014, Mr Su Xing, an artist based in Guangdong and the principal planner of the exhibition, was invited to hold solo exhibitions in Auckland and Wellington as Chinese Cultural Ambassador to New Zealand. During this period, he became acquainted with Jack Rangiwahia (Ngati Ruanui), a Māori elder from the South Taranaki region, and his family. Deeply influenced and inspired by local Māori culture and hospitality, he made a bold experiment after returning to China, applying an 8000-year-old Chinese art form of lacquer painting to a new interpretation of Māori design. Mr Su’s four unique portraits titled Talk About debuted in a widely acclaimed exhibition on Shamian Island of Guangzhou in 2015. Jack’s son, Simon Rangiwahia and his whanau especially attended the exhibition and were duly impressed; Rebecca Needham, the then Consul General in Guangzhou, undertook to tour it to New Zealand. Consequently, this exhibition can be regarded as a continuation of previous endeavours, and the fulfilment of the kind wishes of Mme. Needham and Simon Rangiwahia. Talk About, along with 14 Chinese lacquer paintings by other fellow artists, is on show in New Zealand, so that Jack and his whanau can see their other “selves”. The beautiful story of friendship will continue.

Image credit: Su Xing, Talk About, 2015, Chinese lacquer, gold foil, hemp rope and egg shell, 1200mm x 2400 mm (4x).


友谊对话 漆彩绽放

Master Bedroom Gallery



2014年,本次展览的主要策划人、广东著名艺术家苏星先生曾应邀作为新西兰文化大使在奥克兰、惠灵顿举办个展。在此期间,苏星接触到来自南方Taranaki地区的毛利长老Jack Rangiwahia (Ngati Ruanui),并与他及其家人结下深厚友谊。苏星感受到毛利族人的热情好客,并深受毛利文化的影响和启发,回到中国后他做了一个大胆尝试,应用已有8000年历史的中国漆画为艺术表达形式为毛利文化作出一次新的阐释。2015年,在广州沙面岛举办的一次广受好评的展览上,苏先生的四幅独特的肖像画《论》首次亮相。Jack的儿子Simon Rangiwahia和他的家人作为特邀嘉宾出席了展览,并留下深刻印象;时任广州总领事Rebecca Needham即决意要将此展请到新西兰来举办。因此,今次展览可以被看作是之前努力的延续,并实现了Rebecca Needham和Simon Rangiwahia的美好愿望。《论》和其他14幅中国艺术家的漆画作品一起在新西兰展出,这样Jack和他的族人就可以看到他们另外版本的“自己”,美好的友情故事将继续衍展。

图示作品: 苏星《论》, 2015年,中国漆画,金箔,麻绳和蛋壳,1200mm x 2400 mm (x4)。


In association with Auckland Council and the City of Guangzhou






May 14
June 9
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