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|History and Explanation of Chinese Calligraphy|
|The art of Chinese calligraphy is an ancient oriental art that uses Chinese characters to convey the emotions and spirit of the artist. It turned the Chinese language into an art form that can express emotion and spiritual awareness in a way that poetry has in the West. Chi (Qi) or life energy is focused from the artist's dan tien to flow through the body and out through the brush to form the flowing characters on the page.
Many accomplished calligraphers are also tai chi (taiji) or chi kung (qigong) practitioners who have a good grasp of the flow of energy through their body, mind, and heart. Guo Ming Chen, who provides personalized Chinese Calligraphy paintings through World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is such a calligrapher.
Guo Ming studied the art of Chinese Calligraphy from the age of five, and tai chi (taiji) from the age of 13. The two created within him a subtle awareness that is expressed in the beauty of his Chinese Calligraphy.
Individuals can use the art of Chinese Calligraphy to beautify their homes, or teachers can use it to add an exotic and meaningful beauty to their classes, offices, or studios.
Although the art of Calligraphy began in China, it has spread throughout many south east asian countries, and can now be seen in Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese calligraphy art as well.
Westerners can learn much on a subconscious level about asian and Chinese culture through enjoying the beauty of the art of calligraphy. The flowing characters appear as flowing water, cascading rain, drifting clouds, or blooming flowers carrying within their literal meaning a deeper meaning of the endless motion of life and the inevitability of change and transition.
Beginning in the 5th century BC, this thousands of year old art has an unhurried quality that can be a great healing therapy for our modern over rushed world. The art of chinese calligraphy can be a soothing balm. The unhurried flow of the characters observed on our home's wall, or especially office wall is a constant reminder that life is constant change and rushing through it does not really get us there faster, for we are in flow and motion even when being still, just as the art of calligraphy seems to be.
Guo Ming can create personalized Chinese Calligraphy to your liking with your name, or schools, or loved ones name, or any other message you'd like converted into the art of Chinese Chinese Calligraphy. Click on the above links to get to the size and style of chinese calligraphy you desire.
Artist , Craftsman, & Author,
Guo Ming Chen, raised in China, studied both Chinese Calligraphy and T'ai Chi his whole life!
Guo Ming began painting at the age of five years old, and his T'ai Chi practice in the Chen Style, began when he was 13.
We were delighted when Guo Ming agreed to offer his work through World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day to help our global healing efforts.