‘From Yellow River to Shoalhaven River’ art exhibition launch
December 13, 2011
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green launched award winning Chinese artist, Ye Xue’s latest exhibition ‘From Yellow River to Shoalhaven River’ at Council’s Nowra Administration Building this morning.
An exhibition in two parts, Mr Xue uses his art to illustrate the relationship between eastern and western cultures and the many lessons he believes can be shared between races.
Born in China, Mr Xue’s life began in poverty and hunger before he commenced working in the mines at the age of 17.
Despite these early setbacks Mr Xue learned to read and write using woodblocks while also picking up skills in wood carving, paper cutting and embroidery from his grandparents.
While working as a schoolteacher in his young adulthood, Mr Xue self funded his art education at Xian Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in oil painting and western art.
At the age of 25, he began a highly successful painting career, a vocation he has continued for the past 20 years.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said Mr Xue’s first Australian solo exhibition represents a unique opportunity for local residents to view the work of this world famous Chinese artist.
“Mr Xue, or ‘Snowy’ as he is affectionately known is using the ‘From Yellow River to Shoalhaven River’ exhibition to highlight the many lessons the west and east can learn from one another,” said Clr Green.
“Dividing the exhibition into two parts, the Shoalhaven River series uses western painting techniques and materials through the traditional oil on canvas while the Yellow River series follows the traditional eastern techniques and materials, namely through the use of ink on parchment scrolls.
“By connecting China and Australia through these two equally impressive waterways Snowy is reminding the audience the ease at which a quality artist can form a common bond between people of different cultures.”
“I would encourage all local residents to come down to the Nowra Administration Building Foyer and witness this high quality exhibition.”
Mr Xue’s works will be on display at the Nowra Administration Building Foyer until Christmas.
The artist will then have a second exhibition at the Shoalhaven Arts Centre in mid 2012.