Alice Chen has taught Asian Brush Painting at the Workshop since 2000. Students are encouraged to take the course long-term, with refreshingly different contents each time. She teaches Asian techniques based on traditional Chinese brush painting and calligraphy, with an emphasis on developing creativity and as a foundation for all media in art.
Before becoming a full-time professional artist almost two decades ago, Dr. Chen went through the rigorous training system for all artists in traditional Chinese painting. She was taught by such prominent masters as Professora Su Fung-nan and Wu Cheng-yen. She went back to Taiwan in 2013 for additional exposure.
In her own work, she captures the essence of a subject with vital energy and flow. She goes beyond realism in expressing her emotion and sensitivity, always absorbing new ideas as well as techniques from both East and West. The Ying-Yang sign is her guiding post.
Dr. Chen’s paintings have been exhibited at national show and such institutions as Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and the University of Rochester, and in galleries including the Oxford Gallery and Ock Hee’s in Honeoye Falls. She has received awards for best in show and for the most popular art.
As local artist and art writer David Dorsey has written, “Alice Chen’s paintings…have always impressed me with their quiet mastery of Asian brush techniques. The small painting on view now [at Oxford Gallery, August 2013] looks, at first glance, like a purely abstract exploration of line and value, but as you study it you begin to discern what could be a pagoda jutting out from the side of a steep mountain slope. The scene takes shape. It’s a haunting, beautiful painting that hovers between pure abstraction and the evocative depiction of Chinese scroll painting.”
In addition to being a popular speaker and demonstrator in art, Alice is an expert on mushrooms who presents programs on that subject to many groups.
Pictured: Etching in Time, painting by Alice Chen.