Glimpse of an Unreported China
China Sketchbook, an outstanding exhibition of drawings from Barmouth-based artist and designer Mervyn Rowe, opens next week in Bangor for the first time, hosted by Bangor University’s Confucius Institute.
Featuring a stunning collection of drawings from his recent travels in China, Mervyn’s exhibition captures a disappearing world; a China of ancient temples, lost villages and forgotten landscapes as yet untouched by modern progress. Curating the exhibition, Mervyn commented:
“As the world’s attention turns more and more to China, I attempt to offer a refreshing glimpse of an unreported country… an insight into a diminishing culture.”
Having studied at both Cambridge and Manchester Colleges of Art, Mervyn became a freelance theatre designer and went on to design film sets for productions including Warner Bros.’ The NeverEnding Story. Moving to north Wales later in his career, Mervyn worked with Nant Films in Caernarfon and contributed to productions for S4C and BBC Wales including the highly successful comedy series C’Mon Midffild.
A spokesperson from Bangor University’s Confucius Institute said:
“This is a rare opportunity to see a beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition, which not only celebrates Chinese culture here in north Wales, but makes us think about the disappearing traditions on our own doorsteps. Few Western artists of recent years have managed to capture the spirit of China in such an emotive way, and we are very privileged to be able to bring Mervyn’s work to Bangor.”
China Sketchbook opens to the public in Bangor University’s Rathbone Hall on Monday 4th November 2013 and runs until Saturday 9th. Mervyn will also be giving an exclusive evening talk about the exhibition and his experiences in China at Bangor’s Blue Sky Café on Friday 8th November from 6.30-8.30pm.
Publication date: 4 November 2013