Chen Jia-zr (陳嘉子), one of Taiwan's top female calligraphers, will hold a solo exhibition displaying ink paintings and works of Chinese calligraphy at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall from Feb. 8 through 22.
Chen, who specializes in Chinese painting and is an active advocate of Chinese calligraphy, studied sketching, watercolor painting, and Chinese calligraphy under the tutelage of Chen Ching-jung (陳景容), a senior art professor at the National Taiwan Normal University, and veteran artists Lan Ching-hui (藍清輝) and Lee Pu-tong (李普同).
Born on May 26, 1938 in the southern Taiwanese city of Chiayi, Chen was a teacher for 13 years before taking her first Chinese ink painting lesson at the age of 38.
Now in her 70s, Chen spent the past two decades developing her skills in various Chinese script styles, such as regular script (楷書), clerical script (隸書), and seal script (篆書). In addition, over the past 16 years, she has also taken up the art of writing poetry by studying the art form under master poet Zhou Zhi-fu (周植夫).
Well-respected and beloved by both her mentors and her pupils, Chen has often said that practicing calligraphy is the best path towards gaining patience and fostering camaraderie among people.
For more information about the exhibition, please contact the memorial hall at 02-2758-8008 ext. #545 or #546.