|Peng Ma: Abstract
This book provides a critical study of the abstract ink painting
of the Chinese Canadian artist Peng Ma, who early in his career
saw abstraction as an artistic advancement on tradition. Chao’s
critical approach to Ma’s work juxtaposes stimulation and
resistance as the ongoing impact of Western abstract painting on
contemporary Chinese brush painting. She goes on to investigate
how Ma’s cross-cultural experience has gradually developed his
hybrid aesthetics to embrace Eastern and Western art traditions
to create his own distinctive art. Includes 210 reproductions.
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“In 1989, Peng Ma
came to Canada where he continues to flourish as an artist. His
work acts as a multidimensional portal from the ancient past to
the present and from China to Canada.”
Peng Ma studied
brush painting and sculpture in China and for many years taught
fine art at the Zhejiang Fine Art Institute before immigrating
to Canada in 1989. He has exhibited works in China and Canada.
In 2002 he was awarded the Excellence Award for his sculpture
Mother Love, now permanently installed at the Beijing
International Sculpture Park. Many of his paintings apply the
brush painting technique to depict Canadian landscape themes.
Peng Ma lives in Toronto.
Lien Chao came from China to Canada in 1984. Her first
book, Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English,
was published in 1997 and won the Gabrielle Roy Award for
Canadian Criticism. Her work includes two volumes of bilingual
poetry (Maples and the Stream and More Than Skin Deep),
and a creative memoir (Tiger Girl (Hu Nu)), and she is
the co-editor, with Jim Wong-Chu, of Strike the Wok: An
Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction. She
lives in Toronto.