Tranquillity - Kim Hoa TRAM
Address: 141 Queen St, Melbourne Vic 3000
Date: 23 Feb - 27 Mar 2013
Time: Mon - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm (Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)
Ticket: This is a Free Event. Donations welcome.
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Call: 03 9642 2388
Artist Statement I call my paintings Zen (Chan in Chinese) paintings because my works are based on the philosophy of Zen Buddhism. Zen is a way of meditation and contemplation which purifies the mind and with true wisdom we attain spiritual enlightenment. As an artist, after studying Zen Buddhism for a number of years, I create my own style of Zen painting based on these concepts. I also use painting as a vehicle to express my inner experience of Zen and life. Zen is the original state of mind attained by spiritual awakening; it is empty, pure and still. This is the state of mind that I would like to express in my works. Empty space plays an important role in my works. It is ‘invisible painting’ that you can’t see but you can hear and feel. Artist’s Biography Kim Hoa TRAM whose name in Chinese is SHEN Jinhe was born in Viet Nam. His parents were originally from China.
Kim came to Australia in 1984. Since 1990-2000, Kim has held group and solo exhibitions around the world : China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, USA, Canada and Australia. 2001 Zen Painting and Calligraphy, Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne, Australia 2002 Zen Painting and Calligraphy, toured Fo Guang Shan Nan Tien Temple and Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery Melbourne, Australia 2005 Finding the Path : Zen Painting, toured Fo Guang Shan Art Gallery Kao Hsiung, Taipei and Melbourne galleries 2008 Moon in Reflection : The Art of Kim Hoa Tram, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 2009 The Spirit Within : Australian Contemporary Art, Parliament of the World’s Regions, Melbourne, Australia 2010 Touring Exhibition, Vietnam 2010 Asia Now, MiFA, Melbourne, Australia 2012 Touring Exhibition, Auckland and Christchurch, NewZealand 2013 Tranquillity, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery Melbourne, Australia Selected Public Collections - National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Australia - Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney,Australia - National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia - Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Australia - Fo Guang Shan Nan Tien Temple, Australia - Asialink, Melbourne, Australia - Sozhou University, Suzhou, China