Thu 2 - Sun 12 JunePainter and printmaker Ann Massing uses a fusion of Eastern and Western styles, in particular the Chinese literati style using traditional materials. As a regular visitor to Wells, the Norfolk coast figures in many of her works. For Ann, the natural world is a source of joy, inspiration and restoration – a remedy for the business of our modern life.
This exhibition of prints and paintings in Chinese ink and watercolour includes many views of the local area – but seen in an uncommon way. First trained in Western art for her profession as a painting restorer, Ann Massing began painting in the literati style of the traditional Chinese painter-scholar following a trip to China in 1986. Her artwork is now a fusion of Eastern and Western painting styles. As a regular visitor to Wells, the sea and the Norfolk coast figure in many of her works.
Nature has always been at the heart of East Asian painting and also of her own work; she says: “As for many, the natural world is a source of joy, inspiration and restoration – a remedy for the business of our modern life.”
… “I have found that my study of Eastern art complements and balances what I have learned from our Western culture. In our globalized 21st century, ancient Eastern heritage has become part of a single world culture that we in the West can all draw upon to enrich our lives.”
For more about her artworks (ink and watercolour paintings and prints, mainly aquatints and some monotypes), please consult her website: www.annmassing.com