December 5, 2023


Adorn your Feelings

Works by influential Chinese artist coming to Regional Art Museum

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Untitled artwork by Feng Zikai.

Untitled artwork by Feng Zikai.

A assortment of prints by the influential Chinese painter Feng Zikai, a pioneer of manhua, will be highlighted at the Fort Smith Regional Artwork Museum. The exhibition will open June 11.

Zikai, known as the “artist of kids” for his paintings depicting little ones – frequently his personal – was a prolific artist, writer and mental who manufactured strides in the fields of songs, artwork, literature, philosophy and translation.

Born in 1989, just immediately after the Initially Sino-Japanese War, Zikai lived by means of substantially of the political and socio-economic turmoil that arose throughout the birth of modern China. As a little one, Zikai was recognized to steal pigments and dyes from his family’s retail store to coloration in the woodblock prints in his father’s publications.

In his education, his dad and mom pushed him to turn out to be possibly a teacher or a guy of letters or business, but Zikai was drawn to portray, and although he did develop into a instructor, it was a teacher in art. Right after graduating from higher education, Zikai traveled to Tokyo and devoted his time to studying all he could of Japanese and European art, as effectively as making an attempt to learn violin, English, Japanese and Russian. This is also where Zikai learned manga artwork – an immersive storytelling through photos, with much less reliance on textual content and extra on working with expressive line drawing to produce narratives.

Untitled artwork by Feng Zikai.

Untitled artwork by Feng Zikai.

In the course of his vocation as an essayist and illustrator for magazines in China, his creative work depicted the altering political landscape, this kind of as the horrors of war. The prints in RAM’s lasting assortment, nevertheless, represent his favorite issue: childhood. In this assortment, the prints characteristic imagery of young children participating in, people likely for walks in the countryside, a small female with a doll, and a kid having initially actions.

Extended following his loss of life in 1975, Feng’s essays and cartoons are continue to well known with the Chinese community. His name lives on in the Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Photo Ebook Award, founded in 2009.

An opening reception for “Picks from the Permanent Selection: Feng Zikai” will be held from 5-7 p.m. on June 24. The exhibition will run through run as a result of Sept. 11.

This column is manufactured by the River Valley Arts Coalition. To ship responses or for more information contact [email protected].

Art THIS 7 days:

Fort Smith Regional Artwork Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith 479-784-2787

  • Chuck Davis – The Wheel: On see via June 5.

  • Selections from the Everlasting Assortment – The Eva Rubinstein Portfolio: On see by way of June 5.

  • Dr. W.E. Knight Porcelain Gallery: In memory of Dr. Henry Udouj.

  • Drop-in and Draw: Dwell design 10-3 p.m. Thursdays deliver supplies register at and learning.

  • RAM Sketch: Pen and ink sequence each Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Zoom sign-up at and learning or join via Fb Stay.

  • RAM Saturdays: Register at

  • Take a look at

Windgate Artwork & Design and style, 5210 Kinkead Ave., Fort Smith 479-788-7290

Arts on Principal, 415 Main St., Van Buren 479-474-7767

  • Gallery admission is generally free of charge and open up to the public AOM members receive a low cost on registration charges.

  • Art programs for little ones and adults: Pay a visit to for offered lessons and workshops.

This write-up initially appeared on Fort Smith Instances Report: RVAB: Artwork by influential Chinese artist coming to Regional Art Museum


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