Peking Opera inspires art
By Xu Wei (Shanghai Daily)
Updated: 2007-05-29 10:05 Since 1994 artist and Peking Opera fan Zhang Tiemei has
been inspired by the ancient art to paint the singers and performers in
stunning, unconventional style.
The brilliant elements of Peking Opera have inspired artists and fashion
designers worldwide, and Chinese artist Zhang Tiemei has been depicting the
enchantment of the traditional opera since 1994.
She has created more than 100 artworks titled "Drama Life," and around 20 of
them, together with gorgeous Peking Opera costumes and props are on display at
Shanghai Times Square through tomorrow.
Zhang, a Peking Opera fan, does not paint intricate scenes or portraits - she
is not a photographer - she captures the spirit of the art. The subjects of her
paintings have faces but these have no features. They are seen from a distance -
they are in motion.
Zhang hopes her works can not only capture some of the opera's drama and its
rich past but also encourage people living in the concrete jungle to think about
life and get connected with history.
Along with Zhang's exhibition, visitors can view dazzling Peking Opera
costumes and properties such as swords and halberds.
"In recent years, traditional Chinese elements such as Peking Opera and
ink-wash painting are becoming eye-catching on the international art and fashion
scene," says Cathy Hau, deputy general manager of Shanghai Times Square.
"The exhibition is a tribute to stunning Chinese arts and culture. We hope
today's Chinese people will understand and cherish its charm and considerable
Date: through May 30, 10am-10pm
Address: 1/F, 99 Huaihai