This class will explore the possibilities in watermedia painting, rather than just the continuation of the tradition. While investigating the confrontation of this delicate transparent medium with the dynamic nature of today’s contemporary living, we will also negotiate ways to convey the fragility, vulnerability and apprehension that exist in the incontestable “reality” of our time. Perhaps the ephemeral, ethereal character of water and its marking on the paper surface would be the way to narrate one’s life passage and transcendence.
As we practice, it may not be a necessity to compromise our thinking or handling in the conventional way of the medium; we may begin at a point that is not so seemingly watercolor at first, and then fall back into watercolor’s esthetic idealization at a later stage. Or, we may discover another kind of watermedia painting altogether, demonstrating its possibilities and its “chance procedure” aspect. As one’s confidence and capacity for water-based media develops, those “possibilities” and “chances” will be incorporated more and more into the work.
Paul Ching-Bor studied fine art at Guangzhou Fine Art University (China) and Jing De Zhen Ceramic Institute (China). For nearly ten years, he lived and worked as professional artist in Sydney, Australia. In 1996, he moved to New York, where he studied painting and printmaking at the National Academy of Design. He has had solo exhibitions in Australia, Austria, Germany, and the United States. Ching-Bor is known for his large-format watercolors of urban scenery.