For a couple of days last week Sheraton Hall was a little brighter and much more colourful thanks to the artwork of visiting Chinese scholar and artist He Qi. The works themselves sparked many conversations as students, faculty and staff tried to identify the biblical story upon which the piece was based. It was not uncommon to hear fellow observers discussing their opinions about what scene they were viewing. While some pieces seemed quite obvious at first glance, such as The Good Samaritan, Adam and Eve being cast out of the Garden of Eden and Moses in the Bullrushes, others such as Ruth and Naomi were a little harder to place.
Dr. He Qi was in attendance on Wednesday afternoon and many fortunate students were able to have the details of the paintings explained by the artist himself.
Dr. He Qi is a professor at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and also a Chinese Christian artist who has won wide acclaim. He is arguably China's most internationally sought after contemporary Christian artist. He is also a member of the China Art Association and a council member of the Asian Christian Art Association.
Committed to the artistic creation of modern Chinese Christian Art, he hopes to help change the "foreign image" of Christianity in China by using artistic language, and at the same time, to supplement Chinese Art the way Buddhist art did in ancient times. In his works, He Qi has blended together Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting techniques with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages, and has created an artistic style of color-on-paper painting. Through his artwork, he wants to portray the truth and peace of the Gospel, in colours that reflect the glory of God’s creation.
If you are interested in seeing the artwork that was on display at Wycliffe please browse through the picture links located below. If you would like to view other works by He Qi or are interested in ordering prints please visit his website (www.heqiarts.com).