Introducing Clement Kwan

Red Cape, 2009, Victoria, B.C. Oil on Canvas, 24 x 20 inches.

Clement Kwan is a specialist in impressionism and realism who has been capturing sights and scenes of the diverse cultures represented around Victoria, British Columbia, since 1979. His exploration of Native Indian culture and western culture is truly amazing and walks us through history, and time, through the Canadian perspective. His paintings, in particular, is our choice for showcasing the Thanksgiving festivities.

Introducing Mian Situ (including a video interview from cdsavoia)

Mian Situ is an impressionistic painter, from southern California. He has a knack for capturing the livelihood of people going about their daily lives in precise detail. His area of interest is in highlighting the essence of small farming villages and cross-cultural communities, inspired by his upbringing in the rural countryside of southern China. He is exceptionally talented at breathing life into not only his objects, but also capturing history on canvas, as indicated by his portrayal of the cross-cultural interaction below: 

Balloon Man in San Francisco, California, 1904. Oil on Canvas, 38 x 32 inches.

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Artwork of the Month: Xihui Cao's "Overwhelming Desire"

Overwhelming Desire by Xihui CAO. Painted in Dalian, China, 2009. Oil on canvas, 87x126 inches.

Upon first glance, you may think this is some kind of abstract, avant-garde, piece, but upon closer examination, what you will see is the precision and intent of the artist to capture the congested scenario at the Beijing North train station. Every February during Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, making it home for the holidays is always a struggle as millions congregate outside the station to catch their train. Lines of "wailai gong" or outside workers - usually from the countryside - fill the plaza out front, spending hours trying to inch their way closer to the station entrance. The overwhelming desire to make it home this one opportunity out of the year is deeply felt, but the daunting realization of getting lost in the crowd awaits as Cao is about to get off the bus to join the rain.