Australia China Art Foundation is proud to announce that former ACAF featured artist Chai Yiming exhibited in The Artful World of Animals at University Hall, University of Melbourne from 27 September to 6 October 2013
The exhibition, The Artful World of Animals, curated by Purnima Ruanglertbutr, features works of art by veterinarians, professional and enthusiast artists, designers and photographers, university students, alumni and staff.
The artists explore the diversity of the world’s most spectacular and loved creatures, large and small, exotic and familiar, both from animal and human perspectives. The exhibition is a testament to the importance of animals to human culture. Supported by Melbourne University Veterinary Society and the Melbourne Faculty of Veterinary Science, the exhibition and competition celebrates 50 years of the Faculty's excellence in teaching and close ties with the veterinary profession. All artworks were judged in categories of medium, and winners were announced during the Reception and Awards Function. Also during the Reception and Awards Function Purnima, the exhibition curator, officially gave her thanks to ACAF for the enthusiastic contribution to the Artful World of Animals.
Born in China in 1965, Chai Yiming currently lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated from the design department of Shanghai Commercial Academy in 1987 and is dedicated to evolving an innovative, contemporary style if ink brush painting. Working with subjects that are caught in a moment of movement or change, Yiming creates work that examines the poetics of memory and the way that people, places and objects can be left behind in the wake of development. Mythical and hybrid creatures that fuse plants, animals and people are also often a motif in Yiming’s images, used to construct an idealistic world which draws on the values of Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism.
Photography: Harn Photography