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Join us for an artist talk with GU XIONG, followed by a discussion of how to get started with your own professional art career.
Hear the inspirational story of artist Gu Xiong’s departure from China after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, and his subsequent journey to build a new life as a professional artist in Vancouver.
Admission is FREE.
Pre-registration required by emailing Charis Au: CAu2@richmond.ca
Mandarin and Cantonese translation available.
Gu Xiong was born in 1953 in China. He entered the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, specialized in printmaking, received an MFA in 1985 and immediately became a drawing instructor at the Sichuan Institute. Gu Xiong was also a central figure in China’s pro-democracy Avant Garde art movement and was witness to the Tiananmen tragedy in Beijing. Following guest residencies at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1986 and 1987, he immigrated to Canada and settled in Vancouver with dreams of continuing his art and teaching career in a country where artistic and intellectual freedom is encouraged. His provocative painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, installation and performance art have earned him significant critical recognition throughout Canada and abroad.
Above: Gu Xiong, Image from "North Shore News", Photo by Mike Wakefield