Strokes of beauty and history


Delicate art form: Visitors admiring Chinese calligraphy at the exhibition in Taman Gaya. Works by 54 calligraphers across Johor were selected, including Low’s

Delicate art form: Visitors admiring Chinese calligraphy at the exhibition in Taman Gaya. Works by 54 calligraphers across Johor were selected, including Low’s

JOHOR BARU: Retired Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Wira Low Hop Bing is a man who loves the law.

He also has another passion – Chinese calligraphy.

“Chinese calligraphy requires concentration and strength.

 

Delicate art form: Visitors admiring Chinese calligraphy at the exhibition in Taman Gaya. Works by 54 calligraphers across Johor were selected, including Low’s (inset).
Datuk Wira Low Hop Bing

“We have to clear our mind and maintain a certain position to write each stroke,” Low said when launching the Calligraphy Society of Johor’s biennial exhibition in Taman Gaya here.

He added that Chinese calligraphy is calming and has meditative elements that are good for the body, mind and soul.

In the past, Chinese calligraphy revealed the artist’s character or status because the art was practised by noblemen and people of wealth, he said.

With technology and artificial intelligence taking over people’s lives these days, Low said Chinese calligraphy should be further preserved and admired for its beauty and history, as well as the meaning behind each work, which carried wisdom from ancient wisemen.

The inaugural exhibition featured works by 54 calligraphers, aged between 24 and 84, from all over Johor.

Calligraphy Society of Johor president Yong Kim Jung said it took them three months to locate calligraphers from places such as Sedenak, Bukit Gambir and Paloh to showcase their work.

“Johor actually has a lot of undiscovered yet experienced calligraphers who have been practising the art for many years in their respective communities.

“This exhibition gives them exposure and lets the public get to know their work and appreciate their skills,” he said, adding that the exhibition also paid tribute to the ancient art.

The exhibition started on Dec 26 and will be held until Jan 3 next year from 11am to 4pm at No. 16, Jalan Gaya 28, Taman Gaya, Ulu Tiram.

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