“Go Figure”
A solo figurative Art Exhibition by Yi-li Chin Ward
January 4 – February 28, 2008
Receptions: January 12, from 6-9 p.m.; February 9, 2008 from 6-9 p.m.

Gallery 57 Underground
Contemporary Fine Art
In the Arts Colony, 300 S. Thomas St. (basement), Pomona, CA 91766
Media contact:  Mervyn Seldon (626) 919-1297
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Gallery hours: Friday-Sunday, 12-4 pm

Yi-li Chin Ward, "Fourteen", acrylic and charcoal, 40" x 30".

Born at the crossroads of old and new Chinese culture, Yi-li was exposed to drawing from early childhood. Her mother, an early patron of the venerated Chinese painter Yee Sho Chang, supported her lessons. At age of 10, Yi-li won a top prize at an All-Taiwan Children's Art competition. At the age of 16, her family moved to Manilla: site of her father's new U.N. work assignment where she attended the English-speaking "American School" in the Manilla suburbs.

The summer after graduation, she moved alone to the United States to attend Mount Saint Mary's (before the Getty was built on an adjoining ridge). During her junior year at college, her father died suddenly when a jeep carrying U.N advisors rolled over in the Lybian desert. After about a year's mourning she returned, receiving her degree in Fine Arts in 1980.

A prolific artist, Ms. Chin exhibits far less often than her production warrants. At this moment her catalog contains over 220 large charcoal-acrylic canvas paintings, and perhaps a thousand or more large scale charcoal drawings.

If Miss Chin's art beguiles the onlooker, it is perhaps because of an innate "feel" for the human form. She is constitutionally incapable of drawing a "bad" line: whether it be in a quick sketch during a 1 minute pose, or at a 4 hour sitting. Her figures are predominately serene and abstracted, but oddly, not detached from life. On the contrary, they radiate life and energy. Her color sense again shows a life and training rooted in the keen appreciation of visual harmonies. Her colors are often acrylic washes, sometimes layered like watercolors. Most paintings glow with hue variations on 3 or 4 primary pigments: luscious lavenders, blues, oranges and red-oranges radiate from the bodies of a model, or swirl up and around like colored fogs from their backgrounds.

Since marrying and moving inland little over 12 years ago, she has traveled several times a month to studios within the downtown Los Angeles Arts Community to paint from artists’ models. At home she makes large scale floral studies, with occasional trips out of the urban environment to work on landscape.

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