Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)


Date & Time: Mondays, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm and Saturdays, 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

Location: RESOBOX Gallery (41-26 27th Street, Long Island City, NY)

Class Fee: 1 class $25 ◆ 5 classes $100 (Trial class $15 for 30 minutes with prior registration)

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**All materials (brushes, ink, calligraphy paper, etc.) are provided to beginners.
**All levels of experience are welcome. Most of our students start from the basics – how to hold a brush.

What is Sumi-e?

“If we study Japanese art, we see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time doing what? …
He studies a single blade of grass.”
-Vincent van Gogh

Sumi-e, also called Suiboku-ga, is the art of ink wash-painting. Characteristically, it is an East Asian art, and has been practiced there for well over a thousand years. Sumi-e depicts the spirit or essence of an object or scene rather than its outward appearance — and does so in the fewest possible strokes. Because of this simplicity, the painter’s character and personality come through in his/her work.

In both viewing and creating, Sumi-e is a very contemplative form of painting.

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About the Instructor

Born in Macau, and educated in Japan. ChiFung (Mathew) Wong received his Ph.D in Fine Art at Kyushu Sangyo University Japan in 2006. He was a graduate research assistant and lecturer at K.S. University, Department of Fine Art, Faculty of Fine Arts from 2003 to 2007. His artwork is inspired by the cultures of Macau, Japan, and the United States. He tries to keep using traditional Japanese painting skills in his watercolor (Sumi-e) paintings and adds beautiful color to make the piece more modernistic. He has exhibited his pieces in Japan, the United States, and Australia.

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