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Connect & Transform: Artist In Residence At Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

July 29, 2017 Luxury Hotels No Comments Email Email

Art is the lifeblood that pumps through the heart of China’s capital. As the cultural and political centre of a country of more than one billion people, Beijing is unique in its art scene that spans from grassroots artists’ enclaves to the studios of world-class painters, sculptors, filmmakers, writers and more. At Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, art is a part of life, a philosophy that is encapsulated in the Artist in Residence program, the first of its kind among international hotels in the city.

Connect & Transform: 2017 Spring/Summer Collections is the work of free-spirited painter Cui Fenghua, artist in residence since October 2016. During her tenure, Cui has created dozens of stunning pieces of art, while donating a portion of each sale to the non-profit organisation Educating Girls of Rural China. In Connect & Transform, she creates across a broad range of disciplines, from installation pieces to sculpture, multimedia works and paper creations, using any number of found objects, including paper, pearls, rare stones, silk, fur, wine corks, dirt, tree branches and things she collects from the people she meets in the Hotel. Cui uses her experiences mingling with Hotel guests as inspiration for her works, which will be on display throughout Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, including in the lobby, Opus Terrace and MIO.

Born in Shandong Province, Cui is a sensitive soul whose spiritual heartache led her to quit her 9 to 5 job and begin painting. For her art is not a professional pursuit, but a form of meditation that manifests as physical progressions through time and space. It has been said that the wisest among us are those that know they know nothing at all. This philosophy guides Cui’s brush, and her explorations and attempts to understand the world around her. To fully appreciate her talent, the viewer must step back and observe the pieces from a broader perspective, a perspective in which each of us is mortal, and each of us stands alone in the face of a vast, unknowable universe.

“Cui wishes to cultivate an approach that avoids the stylistic distractions of most contemporary painting,” says Yang Art Museum Executive Curator Mizzy. “Using her own unique, psychological and spiritual style of painting, she paints the diary of her life. Each painting, whether it be an abstract world or still life, captures a moment in her life. They reflect the emotions of her turbulent relationship with herself.”

“Cui’s painting reminds me of layers of life. As a filmmaker, the most important thing I look in any piece of art is what it is expressing to me. The first time when I laid my eyes on her art in Four Seasons Hotel Beijing what attracted me the most was beauty trapped among the colours. Between those columns and rows each and every painting has several emotions hidden,” says Prasad Shetty, film maker, Dangal.

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