Sumi-e artists from Florida’s Suncoast will exhibit their paintings at the Sumi-e Society Exhibition to be held in the historic Selby house at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens January 30, through March 28, 2010. The exhibition will include excellent examples of various Oriental Brush Painting “schools.” Members have studied Chinese, Japanese, and Korean as well as contemporary styles.
Sumi-e is an intellectual and spiritual as well as an artistic pursuit. It is closely related to the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy. The brush strokes used to create a painting are based on the strokes used to produce the beautiful characters of Chinese writing. The painter’s goal is to use a few free-flowing, confident strokes to produce the essence of the landscape, flower, tree, or scene, not an exact copy.