February 29, 2016

Solo Show of Paul Ching-Bor, Jersey City-based Chinese Diasporic Artist, Opens in NJCU Lemmerman Gallery on March 16

Jersey City, N.J.  February 29, 2016The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery at New Jersey City University (NJCU) will present a solo exhibition of a Jersey-City-based Chinese diasporic artist, Paul Ching-Bor, Wednesday, March 16 – Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The exhibition will open with a reception on March 16, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  An artist’s talk will be given in the Gallery at 6:00 p.m.
 
Entitled, “Drenched: Monumental Watercolors by Paul Ching-Bor,” the exhibition features recent highlights of Ching-Bor’s enormous watercolor paintings which consist of oversized paper sheets as large as 10 feet tall and four feet wide. These sheets are often placed side by side to form mural-sized diptychs, triptychs, and quartets.
 
Ching-Bor’s pictures look “drenched,” according to art writer Gerard Haggerty, who contributed an essay to the exhibition brochure. Haggerty states, “The verb describes the artist’s working method, for he soaks large sheets of rough, heavyweight watercolor paper with washes of gray and jet black ink. Layer upon layer, intermingled with opaque paint, saturates the huge pages.” For his subject matter, Ching-Bor has focused on the empty space where Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood. The light shedding onto the missing skyline gives those paintings elegiac tranquility.  
 
Ching-Bor was born in 1963 in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. After studying sculpture for two years at Guangzhou Fine Art University, he spent several years at the Jing De Zhen Ceramic Institute, in the Jiangxi province.
 
In 1987, Ching-Bor moved to Sydney, Australia. There he focused on watercolors, portraying primarily the suburban neighborhood of Paddington. In 1990 Ching-Bor received two Australian scholarships in succession to study art in New York and prolonged his stay until he permanently moved to New York in 1996.
 
Ching-Bor has participated in many exhibitions in Australia and the United States, and has been the recipient of many prizes and awards. In 2000, a solo show of his work was held at the Butler Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, and the following year, he was invited to take part in an artist-in-residency program in Salzburg, Austria, sponsored by Neuhaus Gallery, Salzburg, and Sparkasse Bank.
 
His works are held in many private and public collections in the Australia, England, Japan, and the United States, including Hilton International, Sydney, Australia; Shell Chemicals, Melbourne, Australia; Camberwell Civic Centre, Melbourne; the Springfield Art Museum, Missouri; Ritz-Carlton, New York; Grand Hyatt International, Tokyo; Park Hyatt, Shanghai; Sparkasse Bank, Salzburg; the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina. For more on the artist, see www.paulchingbor.com.
For further information about the NJCU Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, please visit the Gallery website http://njcu.edu/Harold_B_Lemmerman_Gallery.aspx or contact Midori Yoshimoto, Gallery Director, at myoshimoto@njcu.edu or 201-200-2197.
 
Confucius Institute at NJCU
In October 2015, NJCU opened the doors to a Confucius Institute designed to provide education on Chinese language and culture.  The Confucius Institute enables NJCU to emphasize international opportunities for students and faculty with a partner university in China, Jilin Huaqiao University of Foreign Languages (JHUFL) in Jilin Province, one of the largest private universities in China.  NJCU is one of just two universities in New Jersey selected to host a Confucius Institute.  Approximately 100 universities across the country host Confucius Institutes.  An educational partnership agreement, finalized in 2015, was signed by NJCU, Jilin Huaqiao University of Foreign Languages, and the Hanban, an agency within the Ministry of Higher Education of the People’s Republic of China.
 
ABOUT New Jersey City University (NJCU)
The mission at New Jersey City University (NJCU) is to provide a diverse population with an excellent education. The University is committed to the improvement of the educational, intellectual, cultural, socioeconomic, and physical environment of the surrounding urban region and beyond.  Established in 1927 as a training school for teachers, today NJCU is among the most comprehensive universities in the state.  Located in Jersey City, NJ, and minutes from New York City, NJCU's fully accredited College of Arts and Sciences, Education, Professional Studies, and School of Business offer 43 undergraduate degree programs and 28 master’s programs and 2 doctoral programs, including emerging and interdisciplinary fields.
 
NJCU students engage in rigorous applied-learning experiences that include opportunities to study abroad, and cooperative education internships.  NJCU operates two additional campus sites—NJCU School of Business at Harborside Plaza 2 in Jersey City’s financial district and NJCU at Wall in Monmouth County.
 
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