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Young Newman artist wows Chinese officials

Young Newman artist wows Chinese officials

Ben Leahy | North West Telegraph on May 14, 2016, 7:39 am

 

From appearing on Chinese television to seeing her artworks in professional exhibitions, Newman teenager Jacinta Lane is still marvelling at the splash her paintings have made in China.

The 15-year-old travelled to Chinese city Shenzhen as part of last month’s Pilbara Regional Council EASTxWEST local government forum.

There she not only painted in her distinctive style live before admiring Chinese onlookers, but also exhibited a collection of her works in the forum hotel’s art gallery.

Her paintings included images of a crocodile, platypus and waterholes and portrayed Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.

They attracted so much attention, Jacinta found herself explaining their meanings to a stream of visiting Chinese government officials and print and television journalists.

She made a handy profit selling two or three of her pieces and the China trip was the first time she had been on TV or exhibited her artwork in frames.

“That was amazing … seeing them framed (in a gallery) for the first time … all the paintings looked great,” Jacinta said.

The PRC hosted the forum in Shenzhen to boost trade and cultural links between the Pilbara and the people’s republic and Jacinta’s contribution was a highlight, according to the head of the Grand Mercure hotel where her works were exhibited.

Shenzhen Oriental Ginza Group vice-chairman Zhong Fanfei said when her hotel gallery curator used a chat app to send her pictures of Jacinta’s works, she rushed straight to the hotel after landing in Shenzhen on a 10pm flight.

“Usually I would have gone back to my home … (but instead) I came here because I found these are beautiful paintings,” she said.

“I am surprised (by the) dots and patterns … and (that) it is done by a 15-year-old girl.”

Ms Zhong said her hotel group viewed cultural exchanges as a bridge between countries.

“Usually cultural exchanges come first, then we can stimulate the economic and social exchanges,” she said.

Ms Zhong and Jacinta also exchanged artworks at the EASTxWEST Forum’s final dinner.

Ms Zhong presented the Newman teenager with a calligraphy artwork symbolising peace and being in a pleasant state of mind.

“We wish that this girl can have a pleasant and comfortable life and a good career in the future,” she said.

Back in Newman, Jacinta is looking for someone to frame the Chinese artwork and somewhere in her house where her own paintings do not already have pride of place.

“It probably won’t fit in the lounge room because all my artwork is up in there, but we will find somewhere to put it,” she said.

 

Photo: Newman artist Jacinta Lane, 15, explains the meaning of one of her paintings to a group of Chinese visitors alongside mother Hailey Farrell. Picture: Ben Leahy

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