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January 14, 2013


A Calligraphy Show and Demonstration

by Master Mac Ming Chan

February 1-28

Friday, February 1, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, City Center Art Lounge, 300 Page Street, SF

Friday, February 1,
7:30pm – 8:30pm
City Center
Dining room

Translated by
Gendo Lucy Xiao

“Painting of
the Heart”

Chinese calligraphy, or Shu Fa (the way of writing), is a traditional art and discipline that has been practiced in China since ancient times. It is both a concentration practice for the mind and an artistic expression of the characters and feelings of the practitioner’s heart.
“Calligraphy is the painting of the heart and mind,” Master Mac Ming Chan likes to quote a traditional saying. We are delighted to have Master Mac Ming Chan join us for an evening in which he will show his artwork, demonstrate the art, and talk about the history and styles of Chinese calligraphy.

Master Mac Ming Chan was born in the Santou city of Guangdong province in China to a scholar and Buddhist family. He started to study calligraphy at a very young age and trained extensively with Grand Master Mai Hua San, a renowned master of calligraphy in China. Master Chan moved to Hong Kong in the 70’s where he won many prizes for his art work and became an esteem artist and teacher of calligraphy in his own right. His work expresses a rare kind of beauty which integrates gentleness and strength as well as simplicity and depth. His art has been widely recognized in China, Hong Kong and overseas. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

His masterpieces include:
• Championship of calligraphy competition hosted by Hong Kong University: poem by Su Shi
(Song Dynasty). Hong Kong, 1979.
• Permanent collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art: Two scrolls of poem couplet by Deng Shiru
(Qin Dynasty). Hong Kong, 1989.
• US Postal Service postage design: “Snake” character for the Year of the Snake. 2001.
• Personal collection of Mr. Ma Ying-jeou, president of Taiwan: the “Horse” scroll. 2003.
• Campaign for the China Olympic Games: “Olympic Dragon”. Beijing, 2007.
• CCSF new Chinatown campus building: poem by Han Yu (Tang Dynasty), San Francisco, 2009
• Exhibition in China’s National Museum, also permanent collection of the Historical Museum of Overseas Chinese: “Hainan” scroll. Beijing, 2012.

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  1. Craig Hammett
    Jan 29 2013

    Did you teach a bamboo brush technique class around 2008-9 at the Art Institute of Chicago?

    If so, I am grateful for you teaching me your techniques because I teach the to my students every year. I have around 800 students a year and they love bamboo brush painting.

    Would like to hear from you again. Do you do lessons?

  2. Craig Hammett
    Aug 24 2018

    Master Chan,

    Just saw this post. Yes I do teach the bamboo brush technique you taught me. My student enjoy my retelling of of your Olympic poster story and how you trained artists how to make the posters for the Beijing Olympics…They like how you manipulate an ordinary 2 dollar brush into a round, chisel, and liner brush. Also how you told the young artists they can take any new brush out of your front office because you don’t need them.


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