see the world as spectator
Opening reception: Saturday February 18, 2017 2:00 – 4:00pm
Exhibition dates: February 18 – March 11, 2017 Monday – Sunday 9am-5pm. Closed on statutory holidays.
All artworks in the exhibition are for sale.
This new series of artworks has emerged from collaboration between artists June Yun and Dr. Paul Crowe. This exhibition is the first collaboration between the two artists in exploring their shared aesthetic interests through combining painting and photography.
Playing with the concept of time and fleeting moments he used multiple and long exposure techniques to photograph the flow of June's movement as she danced. June's movements were then echoed in the dance of ink in water; once again captured photographically. Both sets of images were transferred onto semi-transparent mylar to create a series of images combining the parallel poetry of motion in the forms of body and ink. Water is their theme, dance her passion. Daoism is his philosophy; ink painting is the root of her art—mist is their shared aesthetic.
June Yun is a Vancouver-based Chinese-Canadian artist. Her artwork builds on the edge of Eastern and Western cultures. Through her life/ travel experiences from East to West, and then looking back at the East, she transforms her appreciations and struggles into visual forms: oil painting, drawing, video and installation. Those framed thoughts are sublimates of her inside words and passions, made more simple and quiet in their external form.
Dr. Paul Crowe
Dr. Paul Crowe has a MA in Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Asian Studies with a focus on the historical interactions between Daoists, Buddhists and Literati (Ru ?). He is fascinated by the various approaches to personal cultivation that evolved through China's history. In recent years Paul has taken up film and digital photography to explore their potential for art-making. He recently began a three-year certification in photography at Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a concentration to date on analog film photography and photographic print making.
Vancouver Lipont Art Centre
Vancouver Lipont Art Centre (www.lipont.com) is a commercial art space founded in 2016. Situated in the building of Lipont Place. The Centre advocates the integration of business, art, design and culture. Guided by the idea of "Internet plus" and supported by YKLM™'s online and offline business platforms, it brings new vigour and vitality to the Vancouver art scene and achieve commercial success.
Opening Reception: Saturday April 1st, 2017 2:00p.m. Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, 4211 NO. 3 Road, BC Canada V6X 2C3
Exhibition dates: April 1 – 27, 2017 daily 9am – 5pm, free admission (closed on April 14th Good Friday Holiday)
Fang Tong adopts a spectator’s perspective to look at the lives around her and uses a cinematic style in her photography. Her works are embedded with an implied narrative, which is left to the viewer to resolve over time with their own imaginations. Reflecting the artist’s background in classical art, the production process is carefully planned to control the frames and the expressions of details, which gives her work an ethos of a painter. As a bystander, Fang Tong captures the potentials that photography can embody the work with an eternal quality, thereby creating a slightly fictional world that resembles reality but transcends consciousness. Fang Tong’s passion is to put her work at the border of the surreal, yet hold back enough to keep it firmly in the real world.
Audiences may see versions of themselves in the Soap Opera, The Chen Family, and Window Series. Multicultural British Columbia creates opportunities for us to ponder different cultures, lifestyles, adventures and the future. Along with the carefully processed details, her photos provoke audiences to create a narrative out of cinematic pictures. There may not be a clearly defined story behind the scene, but there is a strong mood and atmosphere throughout the whole image. The imaginary world is strangely familiar while the narrative arc takes audiences on a hyper-visual ride through people's sub-consciousness. She nurtures the balance between the real and the surreal that pulls her audiences into the world she created, but she also allows the audience to discover their own answers.
Fang Tong is an artist based in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She graduated from the Fine Arts Institute of Shanghai University and has studied in France. She has had a successful career in painting, sculpture, design and in other media. In recent years, she has been focusing on photography and has won several major international photography awards. Her works are published in Canadian and international magazines such as VOGUE. Her Swimming Pool won first prize in the Nikon International Photography Competition Category C in 2015. She was commissioned by Sony Corporation in 2013 as one of the twenty photographers around the world to represent Sony’s camera phone.
For more of her artworks please check out: Fang Tong
With great efforts from the Globe Chinese Photographers Association (GCPA), the Canadian International Photography Association, the Chinese Art Photography Society, the Canada Vancouver Art Photography Society, the Entrepreneurs Photography Association (Shenzhen) North America Branch, and nearly 40 other Chinese photography groups, The First Global Chinese Photography Art Exhibition, themed “Harmonizing”, will be held at Vancouver Lipont Art Centre in Richmond, BC, Canada. As a celebratory event for Canada 150, the exhibition will showcase 150 masterpieces, from 150 Chinese photographers from around the world. These photographs spotlight mountains, rivers, stars, humanity and joyous moments.
As contemporary photographers, they view the world with unique perspectives. They respect multiculturalism. They passionately integrate with the world. They use their spirituous soul to feel the rhythm of nature and mankind.
Opening Reception: Thursday June 15th, 2017 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Exhibition dates: June 10th – July 5th, 2017
Daily 9am - 5pm, free admission (closed on statutory holiday)
The six artists display the views of the historic neighbourhoods of Vancouver, night storms of the Fraser River, the fog of Coal Harbour, mountains and streams of British Columbia, nesting in the woods, reeds of Tsawwassen and the snow of North Vancouver on their canvases.
The Featured Artists
Alison Keenan has been working on different series of paintings of the coastal environment of Vancouver. Fog, trees, and birds’ nests are transcribed onto her canvas in a subtle manner.
James Liu has been an artist, curator and educator for decades both in Canada and Asia. He will be showing highly abstract paintings of B.C. flora and fauna, as well as prints on metal plates.
Jeff Wilson’s acrylic cityscapes are based on photographic images. He “deliberately chooses recognizable subjects from unusual perspectives, to make people think about our world and appreciate it.”
Jenny Wang Catton’s bold use of acrylic, oil, and local plants that grow in her neighbourhood, such as reeds and seaweed, “interprets her surroundings and unlocks the spirit of her subjects and her imagination to recreate a visual reality that we may see before us.”
Water and mist are important subject matters in June Yun’s work. The ephemeral quality of water and mist are augmented in the paintings by reflections that are between realism and abstraction.
Wanli Zhang’s ‘A World through Window’ series is composed of large-scale paintings that depict views of Vancouver through “windows”. “The massive and overwhelming real world becomes focused, poetic and even magical when you look at it through a window.”
The 2nd International Chinese Photography Exhibition
• An amazing exhibition featuring established Chinese photographers
• An opportunity to network with Chinese photographers
• An opportunity to spotlight Chinese photographers’ art to the world
From an appreciative vantage point for the beauty of life, from the imprints of precious moments in the passing of time, and from creative symbolisms of life in photographs, the Second International Chinese Photography Exhibition comes to life amidst the golden season of 2017.
The exhibition is jointly organized by Taiwan Photographers Exchange Association and Canada International Photographers Association. A total of 181 Chinese photographers from Taiwan, mainland China, and North America are invited to showcase a wide range of photographic art, including: landscape, humanities, ecology, documentary, conceptual and many more.
Organizers: Taiwan Photographers Exchange Association
Canada International Photographers Association
Sponsor: Canada CanTrip Co. Ltd
Venue: Vancouver Lipont Art Centre
Community Partner: explorASIAN
Date : September 16 - October 8?2107
The Tree of Life is an archetype, theme, motif, image, spiritual concept and mythological story that is found across cultures and throughout human history. It is understood to connect all forms of creation and is a cosmic conception that embodies life’s mysteries, unites the heavens, the earth, and the underworld, and is seen as a representation of everlasting life. Its various interpretations from indigenous cultures and major religions have influenced art, architecture, and visual representation for millennia.
This international exhibition explores the ways in which the Tree of Life has been represented in 20 countries across Central, South, East, and South-east Asia and includes the artwork of 58 artists and craftspeople, many of whom are masters of their chosen form and some who are Living National Treasures* in their countries of origin. The artworks are as diverse as the cultures they originate from and are both traditional and contemporary. They are handcrafted from natural and sustainable materials, and include textiles, paintings, ceramics, weaving, leather, lacquer ware, jewellery, stone, wood, and metal.
*Living National Treasures are individuals certified as preservers of important, intangible, cultural properties.
The exhibition is presented in Vancouver by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts (CSAA) in cooperation with the World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region, Crafts Council of India, and Society Atelier Sarawak. It is supported by the Province of British Columbia and the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The exhibition has been displayed at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, and in Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Delhi, India. It travels on to the National Taiwan Craft Research Institute in Nantong.
The exhibition was conceived by co-curators Manjari Nirula of India and Edric Ong of Malaysia. The Canadian curators are Sheila Hall, a Director of the Canadian Society for Asian Arts, and Ray Hartley.
Manjari Nirula states that the aim is “to create greater awareness about the importance of ecology and its connection to our lives, to stimulate creativity and highlight cultural sustainability. The roots of the tree are our beliefs, the trunk is our mind and body, and the branches are our wisdom."
Edric Ong tells of the many indigenous cultures in Malaysia that address the concepts of the sacred forest. He states, “The tree of life in Malaysia is known as the Puhon Budi and speaks of a tree of culture, a tree of civilization, a tree from which all mankind evolved. This exhibition builds bridges and brings healing across cultures presenting similarities rather than difference.”
Location: Vancouver Lipont Art Centre
Exhibition dates: September 23 - October 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday September 23, 2017, 2:00-5:00pm
Curator’s talk by Edric Ong and artist demonstrations by painter Jai Prakash; jeweller
Deepak Sankit and paper cutter Ram Soni.
Family Program: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2:00-5:00pm
Woodblock printmaking, Bodhi tree wishes, artist demonstrations; free
Media contact - Sheila Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian Society for Asian Arts (CSAA) was founded in 1969 as a non-profit multicultural organization by a diverse group of scholars, collectors and other individuals who shared an interest in and a devotion to Asian arts and cultures. The CSAA is uniquely pan-Asian in its mission, its program focus, its membership, and it’s governing Board. The purpose of the Society is to promote the appreciation and understanding of the arts of Asia by bringing quality programs, exhibitions and publications to interested groups and individuals in Canada and by exploring links among the cultures of Asia.
Opening Reception: Saturday October 21st 2017- 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Cash bar
Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, Lipont Place, 4211 No. 3 Road, BC Canada V6X 2C3
Dress code: Halloween costume
Exhibition Dates: October 22 to November 16
$10/person admission to exhibition
In Darkness Art Exhibition
On the dark night of October 21st, Vancouver Lipont Art Centre redefines fear.
In silence, in isolation. It is something you see in the corner of your eyes, something you feel deep in your heart. In Darkness. It is that something you cannot describe, that something sending a shiver down your spine. It is that something. Through an uncanny display of artistic expressions, in the most creative media, In Darkness instils a sense of darkness within. October 21st, join Vancouver Lipont Art Centre for a night of darkness you have never experienced before.
Featured artists: Anyuta Gusakova, Anne Sargent, and Fiona Moes Pel.
Dec 28, 2017
Vancouver Lipont Art Centre presents UNLOCKING THE CODE - Retrospective Exhibition of Joseph Synn Kune Loh. Loh is a visual artist, a published poet, a design consultant, and international speaker on the evolution of consciousness. His career spans from the 70’s to present and from Hong Kong, China, USA and to Canada.
Among the one hundred artworks in the exhibition, many early works were never seen by Canadian audiences. This body of relatively unknown and under-represented work all converges at the retrospective exhibition that catalyst new conversations on “art in Vancouver”.
An artist's life-long fascination with the ancient mystery school of China is documented by Joseph Loh's series of paintings done over forty years, beginning with abstract landscapes in the late 1970s, to introspective drawings in the 1980s, to a spiritual transformation series titled "Plato's Cave" in the 1990s, to galactic and Buddha forms in the millennium, and to molecular language - his most recent creative expression. Loh’s vast visual horizon leads you to stand where the known meets the unknown, and to realize what had been buried in our tribal instincts are images of recognizable importance to our personal and cultural lives.
February 27 2018 - March 27 2018
Dongming Xie is a professor at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He entered the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau to capture the people and the pristine, ethereal and enigmatic atmosphere on his canvases.
“Dongming Xie possesses great knowledge about oil paintings and related cultural and historical backgrounds and can be said to be a man with great artistic accomplishments. And because of that, he has a precise control over his creations - strong yet not excessive strokes, bright yet not flashy colors. This is a direct result of his decade-long accumulation. His artistic goals go beyond reality with its strong symbolic meanings and romantic atmosphere.”