Qi Chen is a Chinese traditional portrait artist with interests in Buddhist paintings and Chinese calligraphy. Currently, he is undertaking a PhD degree in the Burren College of Art at the National University of Ireland (Galway).
He holds an undergraduate degree from the Art Institute of Renmin University of China where he completed a Bachelor of Painting and Calligraphy in 2008. He also went on to complete a Masters In 2012 from the China Academy of Fine Arts and 2017 a Master's degree in the History of Art from the University of Edinburgh. Before attending the University of Edinburgh, he worked as a full-time artist in Hunan Painting Academy and Hunan Province Artists Association. He was the director of the Young Artists Association of Hunan Province and had the great honor of being part of the Great Wall Chinese Painting Distinguished Painters. After also taking on Chinese calligraphy throughout his education, he began teaching it at University level( Hunan University) and short courses teaching in the studio as well.
Chinese calligraphy is a type of pleasing writing, as well as a kind of sport, embodying the artistic expression of human language in a tangible form. Language and characters are not obstacles to learning Chinese calligraphy. It is the core content of this course to realize the wisdom, concentration and stability conveyed in the lines and structures of Chinese calligraphy.
Calligraphy is also the foundation of Chinese painting. It is used to establish the habit of using Chinese traditional brushes. Painting Chinese colors touches the inner feelings of everyone. It uses elegant and fresh Chinese colors to express the self.
This course will start by introducing common techniques related to Chinese soft brushes and ink for both beginners and advanced students. The students will gain experience in Chinese ink and color skills. They can learn some basic words and simple characters through Chinese traditional calligraphy and paintings.