The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College features the Chinese brush painting exhibit “Tranquility of Nature” by Su Ge Jan. 14-31. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Ge’s work reflects the union of inscription/poem, calligraphy, painting and seal. She practiced Chinese calligraphy from a young age and learned the art of carving stone seals from her father.
“Chinese brush painting uses Xuan/Mulberry paper, Chinese ink, stone well and writing brush to capture the inner essence from the bamboo to mountain,” explains Ge. “Movement of the brush — quickly or slowly, lightly or heavily — along with the use of five colors of ink create the beauty and charm of Chinese brush paintings. Due to the nature of the absorbance of Xuan paper, mistakes cannot be corrected once the brush touches the paper.”
Ge studied art at the Art School of Shanghai Arts and Crafts Import and Export Corporation in the late 1970s. After coming to the United States in 1980, she worked as an IT professional for more than 20 years in Bloomington. Ge specializes in traditional Chinese brush painting with an emphasis on landscapes and nature, and has had her paintings exhibited on multiple occasions at the McLean County Art Center in Bloomington. She also participated in the 2018 Fusion Art International Art Competition in which two of her submissions were recognized and was the only female participant in the “Life of Arts” exhibition in Shanghai, China in May 2018.