锡博新展︱云水萦回溪上路——纪念华之宁先生特展展览时间： 2018年11月21日（周三） - 12月18日（周二） 展览地点： 无锡博物院中区四层展厅
Cloud and Water Floating abovethe Road Across the Brook
——Special Exhibition for Commemorating Ms. Hua Zhining
Zhining Eastand West Cultural Exchange Association
In June 2017, Ms. Hua held the "Flowing Water – Exhibition Tour of a Retrospective of Ms. Hua Zhining’s Art" in our museum, which was the last painting exhibition in her life. In April 2018, the kind old woman passed away at the age of 86 in Los Angeles, the United States.
无锡博物院藏 现代 华之宁《云烟空际》
Hua Zhining, a native of Qianzhou, Wuxi, began to follow Huang Junbi, a master of traditional Chinese painting, to study traditional landscape painting at the age of 15, and later to learn flower and bird painting from Wu Yongxiang. After graduating from the Department of Fine Arts of National Taiwan Normal University in 1956, she went to Philadelphia College of the Arts, the United States, for further education and settled in Los Angeles. Ms. Hua Zhining's painting creation has been infiltrated and nourished by Eastern and Western cultures, which helped her formher own unique artistic style. Ms. Hua’s ink landscape paintings in her early years are “clean and pure, the cloud and mist is open and quiet, the ink is clear and smooth, the strokes are vigorous, and it has an authentic Chinese style”. Her mid-term works were influenced by American Western-style education and cultural values, thus adopted the concepts of landscape sketch and impressionism, which presented the characteristics of integration of China and the West. Splash-ink technique appearedin her later works. Ms. Hua said, "Ink and water is the most Chinese style." When creating, Ms. Hua let water guide ink to move freely on paper, being natural, which is an "innovative" return to traditional Chinese painting.
无锡博物院藏 现代 华之宁《Green wood公园 纽约州》
Mr. Ba Jin said, "The top skill of literature is no skill." The paintings of Ms. Hua Zhining are based on skills but beyond skills. She expressed her own heart. Her understanding of life and art contains some subtleties that ordinary people do not understand. From her paintings, we can see that she is peaceful and generous, and has a deep affection for the landscape of her hometown. As a cultural celebrity going out of Wuxi, Ms. Hua Zhining has never forgotten her hometown. She has not only donated money to schools in her hometown, but also donated 122 representative works created by herself to the Wuxi Museum in three times. This has played a positive role in enriching the collection of Wuxi Museum and studying the artistic style of tnativepainters.
无锡博物院藏 现代 华之宁《气势》
Ms. Hua Zhining had a wish all her life: let the ideal of artistic creation continue in her hometown. In commemoration of Ms. Hua and in order to fulfill her wish, Wuxi Museum and Zhining Zhining Eastand West Cultural Exchange Association cooperated once again to hold this exhibition, selected nearly 60 fine paintings ofMs. Hua Zhining from the collection of Wuxi Museum, which covered the creation styles of different periods and provided the visitors of Wuxi with the opportunity to appreciate the all-embracing beauty and grace of the combination of Chinese and Western cultures once again. Ms. Hua's painting supplies and other artworks are also on display to express our deep memory of her. We hope that more Wuxi painters will continue to broaden their horizons, explore and bring forth new ideas constantly, present better works to the world, and show the personalities of Chinese painters, just like what Ms. Hua Zhining did.
无锡博物院藏 现代 华之宁《太湖水与石》之五