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Distinguished calligrapher talks about Chinese craft

by Jeanne Baron

June 23, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Traditional Chinese calligraphy.
Traditional Chinese calligraphy
KALAMAZOO--A renowned local Chinese calligrapher will give a talk and demonstration on his craft and Chinese culture from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Western Michigan University in Room 2028 of Brown Hall.

Dr. Paul Wang, a Kalamazoo dermatologist and internationally recognized Chinese artist, will present the free, public talk.

An accomplished artist in calligraphy and painting, Wang's work has been featured in one-man shows in Michigan, New York and mainland China. Several of his pieces were recently auctioned at Christie's in New York, a rare occurrence for a living artist.

Wang was raised in Chungking, China, during World War II and began training at the age of 13 with the eminent Chinese landscape artist, Huang Chunpei.

His artistic works include landscapes, ink bamboo, orchids, flowers and calligraphy, which he considers the highest form of artistic expression. His style is traditional--meaning classical Chinese--without the slightest trace of western influence. The instruments he uses for these paintings, such as ink stone, ink, brushes and paper, are the same as those used for centuries.

Wang's calligraphy talk and demonstration is being sponsored by WMU's Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute at WMU.

For more information, contact the Confucius Institute at or(269) 387-3951.