Portal into vibrant folk art of China
Manjimup Art Gallery is holding an exhibition titled Cycle of Life, an Australian first which features 20 modern folk art paintings by artists from China’s Zhejiang Province.
All the artists are from the Xiuzhou District of Jiaxing and their work showcases the farming culture, vintage canal culture and family and village life they experience.
Libraries and cultural services manager Vanda Dei-Tos said the exhibition was a cultural exchange between the City of Bunbury and Jiaxing City.
“The idea is that money raised through the sale of the works will be used to fund a reciprocal exhibition in China by artists in the South West of WA,” she said.
“To date, seven of the 20 paintings have been sold and the prices range from $350 to $650.”
Ms Dei-Tos said hosting different exhibitions such as this was important for the community.
“Art is a unique way to gain insight into another world or another culture,” she said.
“New exhibitions encourage a cross-pollination of ideas and styles and challenge and encourage viewers to consider different perspectives.
“This is the role of an art gallery, regardless of its location,” she said.
Not only this but Ms Dei-Tos also said WA has had a Sister State-Province relationship with Zhejiang since November 1987.
Manjimup has a sister city relationship with Jiashan County, located in the north of the province.
“This exhibition provides a portal into the daily lives of people in our sister city of Jiashan,” she said.
“The works are rich in both detail and vibrancy.”
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