|Dr. Alice W. Chen
1730 Penfield Rd., #41
Penfield, NY, 14526
Alice was spotted doodling on virtually every surface in class by her teacher, when she was very young. To encourage her exploration in art, her perceptive teacher showed her a painting of a little girl by the French impressionist, Renoir. This lingering image unfolded the fascinating frontier of art to her. Following her own heritage, Chen became an artist in Oriental Brush Painting based on traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy.
Chen uses free brush strokes expressing energy flow on rice paper to capture the sensitivity of her emotion in creating visual poetry with a contemporary Oriental flair. " I like to immerse myself in the magic of nature and life in discovery through art with a sprinkle of sunshine," says Alice. Her spontaneous creation of flowers, birds, motifs from nature, vistas of landscape and more, often reflect the vitality, spirit, as well as the symbolic meaning of the subjects. Chen is also known to incorporate de novo techniques inspired by rediscovery from ancient China in abstract rendition.
Dr. Alice W. Chen is on the faculty of Creative Workshop, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Her work has been chosen as one of the forty-eight pieces out of 1, 200 submitted to a National juried Show. Her mentors in art include Prof. Fung-Nan Su, a leading traditional landscape artist in Taiwan. Her curiosity and urge to explore brought her in recent years to China, Taiwan, Australia, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Japan where she refreshes all her senses and adds new perspective.
Born in China, and educated at the National University, Taiwan, the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Sydney University, Australia, and the Imperial College of London University, Chen is an internationally recognized mycologist in addition to being a full time artist.
A recipient of many awards, Dr. Chen has been in numerous one-person and group art exhibitions in Rochester, NY and beyond, such as a recent show at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, on Asian Art and Influences, and those sponsored by Nazareth College, SUNY Geneseo, St. John Fisher College, Memorial Art Gallery of University of Rochester, the Association of University Women, and many private Galleries including Nan Miller Gallery, the Tea House Art Gallery, the Mill Gallery, the Castle Gallery, the Veni Vedi Gallery and Gallery at Olde Country Picture Framers. Her paintings can also be seen at shows of Penfield Art Association of which she is a member. Her spirited demonstrations and workshops have been well received by all seven suburban art associations in Rochester in addition to galleries, universities, schools, country clubs, garden clubs, RPO fund raising, and communities. She especially enjoys speaking about the culture and philosophy which surround the Arts of China. She has given entertaining calligraphy programs at Memorial Art Gallery, Kodak and St. John Fisher College.
Her paintings are in the collection of Peacock Oriental Museum, Honeoye Falls, NY, and many private collections. In describing her mindset when creating art, Dr. Chen pointed out that it is that rare combination of inspiration, esthetic sensitivity, and her child-like spirit of exploration, that precipitates her artistic vision.