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Figure painting and rice paper Etherealize at the Amelia Douglas Art Gallery

The Douglas College Amelia Art Gallery presents Etherealize, ink wash figures by Alex Wang (Wang Zhihao) during March and April. Alex Wang is an artist based out of Burnaby and has worked with the gallery before. 

The exhibition features figure painting with Chinese-style ink on rice paper. 

“The use of brushwork has always inspired my artistic creation. Water can make the brush soft and moist. When mixed with ink, it shows a change of color from dark to light gray, and a certain tone is also produced,” says Wang. 

He uses Xuan paper, which is Chinese rice paper. 

“When I paint on Xuan paper, I always want to control the direction of the ink and water, but they always surprise me. This kind of surprise is what I want. But it is unexpected. These effects can only appear once and they are wonderful.”

At the opening reception, attendees will be able to see Wang at work. 

“We will have a professional life-drawing model present during the opening reception and Alex will be demonstrating figure painting with Chinese-style ink on rice paper,” says Krista Eide, Arts Events Officer with the gallery, “So for artists, or those curious about this style of art, it’s a good opportunity to watch and learn.”

Etherealize runs March 1 – April 21 at the Amelia Douglas Gallery at Douglas College in New Westminster. Opening Reception is Thursday, March 1 from 4:30-7:30pm. There will be a live painting demonstration by Wang along with refreshments, cash bar and live music.

There will be a second painting demonstration on March 3 at 3:30pm in the gallery. For more information, please visit

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