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Friday, June 24 - Sunday, September 11, 2005

Mr Chen Zhong-Sen: The Microcarvings & Paintings of Mr. Chen

Gallery: Joyce and Sherman Scott Gallery
In celebration of the Asian Art summer at the Harwood the Museum presents an exhibition of work by internationally acclaimed micro-carver and artist Chen Zhong-Sen. Thirty of Mr. Chens exquisite microcarvings as well as four Sumi Ink drawings are part of the complementary exhibition Asian Art from Taos Collections, on view in the Scott Gallery for late 20th century art, through the duration of the Magic & Mystery in Taos: The Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art. Mr. Chen Zhongsen is a master of Chinese arts- a calligrapher, painter, musician, scholar, philosopher, poet, and exquisite micro engraver and sculptor using a unique Qi Gong technique on Shou San Stones similar to jade.. His work has been exhibited in China, United States, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, Australia, England, and Ireland. When he visited New Mexico in 1993, his work was shown at the Sol Y Sombre Foundation in Santa Fe, and the Nikilai Fechin House in Taos. In 2005 his work is featured at the University of New Mexico Harwood Art Museum during its Asian Arts Festival from June 25 through September 11.. He is a founding member of the Fujian Province Arts Association, Peoples Representative in the Arts for the National Assembly in Beijing. He is also a member of the Guangdong Southern China Qi Gong-Calligraphy Association. Born to intellectual parents in China in the nineteen forties, he attended some of the best schools in Fujian. During the Cultural Revolution in the sixties, he was already a respected artist and a soloist with the classical Chinese Music Ensemble when he was placed under house arrest and sent to the countryside for labor re-education. Those years gave him time for a prolonged and necessarily furtive study of ancient Chinese arts. He perfected his skills in painting, calligraphy, and developed his own unique style and technique in micro-engraving and carving of the rare Shou San stones only mined in Fujian Province in southeast China. His micro carvings depict landscapes, ancient Chinese classics, and poetry. They are carved onto minute surfaces that can be as small as a grain of rice, executed in beautiful calligraphy and images. Most stunning is a full verse of Tang poetry carved onto a single strand of his wifes first silver hair, and over five thousand words of the Tao De Jing on a small seal. Art connoisseurs and collectors from all over the world seek his work and he has won many awards for his artistic achievements by the Chinese government. Mr. Chen has taught worldwide as guest lecturer and served as Dean of Studies for Living Tao Foundations Lan Ting Institute in China since its inception in 1985.