Elley Li


Jan 7 2017 at 5 PM


Jan 7 till 21, 2017


CEAC (Xiamen, China)


Listened to an anonymous voice, she quitted the nine-to-five routine job as an accountant and moved to Victoria to study photography. Even she focused on pictorolism to create her photography works; she never found herself gifted in painting and was least interested in abstract painting. By coincidence, she became a self-taught painter focusing on Zen and abstract painting. Without restrictions, she paints whatever materials available and from her heart. Her works were published on Canadian magazines and book cover, as well as Shanghai magazine. Selected to be judge’s choice when being exhibited in Canada, they were also on show in the Saanich city hall, Victoria Airport and art galleries.

Featuring a cross-media presentation, this exhibition applies different materials such as Chinese ink, acrylic, photography, rice paper, canvas, watercolor paper, glass and wood. It is also a combination of painting, poetry and music. Indebted to Elley Li’s primary school classmate Li Qihan, whose literary grace generates poems about his understanding of Elley Li’s work, the exhibition gained elevated splendor. Elley Li also expresses her ideas in poems. Different people may have different interpretations and there is no right or wrong as I paint from my heart and you feel it. Most of Elley Li’s work has no signatures because her works could be appreciated from different perspectives according to the changing moods and seasons. Mind flows with heart and soul come from Mind.

The exhibition space is presented in the light of different phases with songs in our life:
the carefree Childhood in a simple black and white fashion, the colorful adolescence pursuing romantic love, waiting for Orchid Flower to be blossomed; the adult period busy striving, in the belief that Hard Work Brings Success; the more restrained and fruitful middle age follow with midlife crisis, then enjoy the Sky is the Limit, the senior age enjoying the nature of the Four seasons.

Australian flautist Effie Hamilton will interpret in the opening ceremony the flavor of different stages in life with music based on her reflections on the exhibition.

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The CEAC art space is located in the heart of Shapowei, the art district of Xiamen.

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13:00 - 17:30

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Siming South Road 400, 3rd Floor
Xiamen, 361005, China
Tel. 0086 (0) 592 2180850

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