Chinese Fine Art Association

Museum of Wisconsin Art
300 S. 6th Ave.
West Bend, WI 53095
April 11 - July 1, 2012
Reception Sunday, April 15, 2012 1:30-4:00 P.M.

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 15, 1:30 4:00 P.M.
Family Program: Sunday, April 15, 1:30 3:30 P.M.
The Chinese Fine Art Association (CFAA) is a Wisconsin-based organization, open to anyone, that seeks to create a fusion of the East and West through art. Its primary focus is to promote and raise awareness of various oriental arts particularly the traditional Chinese brush painting and calligraphy.

The goal is to bring the Eastern and Western art styles together and to create unique images of the subjects members observe, feeling that it is a great privilege to use famous ancient techniques to interpret and recreate present images in the artworks. All of the paintings are done using Chinese brushes and special pigments on rice, cicada or sumi paper.

The subjects of their artwork range from flowers, insects, fowl, people and landscapes. Paintings are done in "Elaborate Style" and "Spontaneous Style" - the two dominant schools in traditional Chinese brush paintings. "Elaborate Style" paintings in China can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Not until the Sung Dynasty (960-1128 AD) did the style flourish and reach its golden age. Although there were numerous elaborate techniques from this glorious era, artists preferred this technique to create their own unique images. The lines in this style are drawn in very delicate detail. Exquisite details of the subjects are achieved by using a watercolor effect through different shades and tones. "Spontaneous style" displays subjects in an expressive manner with strokes and lines.

The objectives of the CFAA are to organize exhibitions and workshops for people interested in exploring various forms of Chinese art, to create a venue for members to display their work in our community and to provide a forum for sharing ideas and techniques among artists.