From Shanghai to Naples: The Art of Deena Gu
Deena Gu, an internationally recognized artist and philanthropist, are inspired by American abstract painting; but, her methods and conceptions about art are deeply rooted in the painting traditions of China. Born in Shanghai, Deena developed her confident draftsmanship and calligraphic sensibility during years of apprenticeship with one of China’s modern masters, Cheng Shifa, who was himself a student of the renowned Wu Changshuo. Deena moved to America in 1980 and continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Deena’s art seems at once familiar and mysteriously unfamiliar to both Chinese and American audiences.
This exhibition will feature examples of Deena’s early works, including The 87 Immortals (a thirty-foot handscroll that is Deena’s interpretation of a scroll from the Tang Dynasty 618-907 AD). The exhibition also features contemporary works, in which recognizes elements of land, sea, and sky appear to merge into diaphanous and atmospheric tableaus. Inspired by music and poetry, these introspective and contemplative compositions integrate the fluidity of Chinese painting with contemporary influences.