The Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College currently features a show of art by the contemporary Chinese artist He Qi (pronounced huh-chee). He Qi's vibrant paintings (color on paper) feature scenes from the stories of the Old and New Testament.
Although there are distinctively Chinese elements in his work (including some Chinese script and traditional masks from Chinese drama, which He Qi uses to depict evil characters), they are done in a style that is also reminiscent of Picasso, Cezanne, Chagall, and other Western artists.
The impact of the show is dramatic. Truly, it is one of the most exciting exhibitions I have ever seen, and I would urge anyone within an hour or two of Wheaton, Illinois to make a special point of visiting the show in the next month.
The exhibition, which is entitled "Look Toward the Heavens," is on display through June 9. There is a $4 suggested donation for adults. He Qi will be present for a public reception from 5:15 to 7:15 on Thursday, April 16, and will give a lecture titled "An Artist Searches for Peace and Finds Christ in the Arts" at 4:15pm on Friday, April 17.
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