William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Chinese Figurative Realism in the 21st Century

January 22 – April 9, 2015 | Guest Curated by Aihua Zhou, MFA

Figurative realism has a long tradition in Chinese art, especially in ink painting, sculpture and ceramics. Over the past 100 years, many Chinese artists have also been influenced by Western studio practices, adapting oil painting and drawing techniques to new styles with both classical and contemporary elements. This exhibition investigates Chinese figurative art in the 21st century in cross-cultural contexts.

Featured artists include Z.S. Liang, Nan Liu, Mian Situ, Ji Yu, Jove Wang, Zhaoming Wu and Weixin Xu. This exhibition was generously funded by the Ventura County Community Foundation. Image: Jove Wang, A Day on the Silk Road, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

Special Events

Artists' Reception
Tuesday, Feb. 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Lecture Series presenting Christy Roberts Berkowitz Rhizomatic Optimism
Thursday, Feb. 26 | 4-5 p.m.

Creative Placemaking and Careers in Arts Management
Thursday, Mar. 12 | 4-5 p.m.

Guest Writer Series presenting Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
Wednesday, Mar. 18 | 4 p.m.

Poetry Slam hosted by David A. Romero
Wednesday, Apr. 22 | 5-7 p.m.

A Chinese New Year Residency at the
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Artists and Speakers Series | Feb. 10 - Feb. 19, 2015

Nan Liu, Ph.D.
Tuesday, Feb. 10
Lecture: “Introducing Traditional Chinese Brush Painting” | 9–10 a.m.
Demonstration of traditional Chinese brush painting | 1–5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.
Brush painting demonstration

Nan Liu is an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Florida A&M University.

Xu Weixin
Thursday, Feb. 12
Lecture: “Chinese Contemporary Art Observation: Thinking and Practice.” | 9–10 a.m.
Oil painting demonstration: The Miner | 1–5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13
9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.
Oil painting demonstration: The Miner

Xu Weixin is a professor in the School of Arts, Renmin University of China.

Jove Wang
Saturday, Feb. 14
Lecture: “Art Reflects Personality" followed by book signing. | 9–10 a.m.
Oil painting demonstration: Mongolian Bride | 1–5 p.m. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Wang will paint a traditional Mongolian couple on the day of their wedding ceremony. 

Monday, Feb. 16
9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.
Oil painting demonstration: Mongolian Bride 

Jove Wang is a California Art Club Signature Artist. He is the author of Instinct & Feeling, Jove Wang’s Oil Painting (Jove Wang Art Studio, 2002).

Mian Situ
Tuesday, Feb. 17
Lecture: “Chinese Immigration History and My Art” followed by book signing | 9–10 a.m.
Oil painting demonstration: Chinese immigration in San Francisco in 1905 | 1–5 p.m. Situ will paint a Chinese model wearing traditional clothing. 

Mian Situ is a California Art Club Signature Artist. He is co-author with John Geraghty of The Overseas Oil Painter of China, The Works of Mian Situ’s Oil Painting (Tianjin People’s Arts Publishing House, 2007).

Z.S. Liang
Wednesday, Feb. 18
Lecture: “American Indian culture and my art” followed by book signing | 9–10 a.m.
Oil painting demonstration: American Indian scene | 1–5 p.m. Liang will paint a Native American model wearing traditional clothing. 

Z.S. Liang is an award-winning painter whose works hang in corporate and private collections. He is the subject of a book by Tom SaubertZ.S. Liang, Native Trails Fresh Tracks (The Greenwich Workshop, 2014).

Yu Ji
Thursday, Feb. 19
Lecture: “American & Chinese Street Culture and My Art” | 9–10 a.m. 
Demonstration: Figurative drawing, composition in art | 1–5 p.m.

Yu Ji is a professor of art at University of California Long Beach.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Ruminations: Senior Art Exhibit 2015
April 23-May 16, 2015
Opening Reception Saturday, April 25 | 5-7 p.m.

Ruminations is a showcase of work by the senior art majors at California Lutheran University, featuring a wide variety of mediums and content. The contributing artists are: Sarah Barber, Brianna R. Duddy, John Galan, Kaitlyn Horpedahl, Shireen Mariyum Ismail, Kiana Matsuura, Susie McGrath, Emily C. Shandorf, and Joanna C. Van Nyhuis. Image credit: Brian J. Stethem. 

About the Gallery

The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, located adjacent to the William Rolland Stadium, opened in October 2011 with an exhibit of bronze statuary and paintings from the collection of William Rolland. Since then the gallery has held many exhibits including: Western Salon featuring sculptures and paintings from the Bob Eubanks and William Rolland Collections; Resonating Images I 1900-1950 featuring representational masterpiece paintings, drawings and prints from the first half of the 20th century; and Resonating Images II, exhibiting representational works by modern and contemporary masters including Chuck Close, Fernando Botero, and Picasso. Exhibitions rotate approximately 4-5 times a year.

The Gallery also hosts a parallel educational series of events. The specific events vary by exhibition, but typically include foreign language tours and lectures by professionals in the visual arts. Curator- or volunteer-led tours are available for free; we request that you make reservations beforehand.

For-credit, paid, and unpaid internships are available. Internships are designed to give students the opportunity to gain experience working in a university, museum-standards gallery setting. For students interested in a more hands-on approach, the School of Management and History Department (offering a Museum Studies Emphasis) are collaborating with Curator Rachel Schmid to offer a course in Spring 2015 in which students will curate an exhibition from start to finish utilizing the Gallery's permanent collection. Click here for more information.

For information about the gallery's exhibitions, tours, or internships please call (805) 493-3697 or email rollandgallery@callutheran.edu

About the Collector

Rolland started as a collector in the mid-1950s, buying a 500 pound bronze sculpture of a boy on an electrical generator by turn-of-the-century German sculptor Hugo Kaufmann, a tribute to Germany's power industry.

In addition to bronzes – including some large, muscular sculptures from the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor – the collection has Murano glass, oil and watercolor paintings, winning Indianapolis racing cars from three eras, and other high-performance cars. Additional curiosities include a letter penned by Mark Twain.

The gallery retains a small part of the collection, which Rolland and his wife Kay Green are still assembling. He intends to donate it to Cal Lutheran over time.

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