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Taste of fine art for Waitakere

11 June 2004

Taste of fine art for Waitakere

Chinese tigers and New Zealand landscapes are part of the first personal exhibition of renowned artist Xiao Sun from Yingkou, China. The special opening held yesterday at the Waitakere City Council was attended by more than fifty members of the local Chinese community across the Auckland region.

Xiao Sun has displayed his works before as part of a group, but this is his first personal exhibition. He is most renowned for his delicate paintings of tigers and use of calligraphy in his work and has studied painting since the age of six.

The artworks are for sale but Mr Sun says that bringing the Chinese painting culture to New Zealand is more important than selling his work.

His favourite paintings of the exhibition are his New Zealand ocean landscapes. He is inspired by this feature and has done several paintings around it.

In attendance were the Vice Presidents of both the New Zealand Jing Yuan Art Institute and the New Zealand Chinese Culture and Art Centre.

Massey Community Board member Peter Chan helped organise the exhibition. “I am certain that he [Mr Sun] will draw inspiration from our beautiful Waitakere Ranges and beaches,” Mr Chan says.

From here Mr Sun will head to China and Australia for further exhibitions.

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