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Manchester China Institute 曼彻斯特中国研究院

'A River Connects Us' - Paintings by Wang Ying and Kostya Novoselov

19 March 2018

Traditional Chinese painting is given a new perspective in this exhibition organised by Manchester China Institute, the Whitworth and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

The exhibition of Chinese paintings in the Samuel Alexander building's North Foyer

Wang Ying uses his decades of artistic practice to paint scenes from his travels around the North of England. The starkness of the end of winter in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley blossoms into spring in Didsbury and summer in Scarborough. All painted with Counsellor Wang’s lively and accomplished use of line and colour.

Kostya Novoselov developed his expertise of this art more recently, having his first painting lesson in 2015 in China. Novoselov paints the traditional Chinese subjects of landscape and flowers but also takes this technique further, into science and modern art. Here we see a graphene transistor with its hexagonal matrix suggesting a geometric lily pool. Some of his paintings make use of newly developed graphene paint as well as Chinese ink.

Wang Ying is the Education Counsellor in the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Manchester. He makes links across universities in the North of England where 67,000 young Chinese people study, approximately 5,000 of them at the University of Manchester.

Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 (together with Professor Sir Andre Geim) for his pioneering work on graphene, the first two-dimensional material. The University of Manchester is a global centre of excellence for research into this wonder material.

The paintings can be viewed in the Samuel Alexander building's North Foyer from 12noon on Monday 19 March 2018 and then on weekdays between 9am - 5pm.

This exhibition has been organised by Manchester China Institute, the Whitworth and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. The paintings can be viewed in the Samuel Alexander building's North Foyer between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

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