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New art graces city hall

Lorraine Graves   Jul-05-2017

Sixty metres of artist John Chen’s Canada 150 (metre) scroll on public display at Richmond City Hall until July 31.

Photo provided by Richmond City Hall


Most paintings and drawings are some variation of rectangular, but Richmond City Hall’s latest addition to its art collection is wide. Sixty metres wide.

Richmond artist John Chen combines his skill gained in Taiwan with his love of the Canadian landscape to create a piece 150 metres wide in totality. As a tribute to Canada 150, Chen is lending the 60 metre section of his work for display at city hall until the end of July.

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According to city spokesperson, Ted Townsend, “The images on the scroll are inspired by views of the Lower Mainland. The continuous interconnected stream of images depicts the view of the North Shore Mountains and beyond, as well as other local landmarks, such as the Douglas fir trees in Stanley Park and the Museum of Anthropology.”

Chen, an accomplished and world-renowned artist, has represented our community and country in over 50 solo exhibitions in such places as Taipei, Singapore and Vancouver. He returns to Richmond from an exhibition of his Canada 150 scroll in Beijing.

Townsend adds, “The style of landscape painting that Chen’s work follows can trace its roots back almost 5,000 years and is based on traditional genre of Chinese landscapes paintings.”

Richmond City Hall is open to the public weekdays during regular business hours.


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