Chinese calligraphy has influenced Australian art and design since the 1980s.
It is not just black marks on white paper but a philosophy and practice meditation based on traditional north Asian principles. It is the spiritual energy or ‘qi‘ that flows through the artist’s brush that determines its true quality.
Each stroke of the brush must contain an inner poetic spiritual value that captures the essence of the subject or form.
The Moku ink-splash painting method explores these principles and involves throwing or pouring watercolor and ink on rice paper or canvas and finishing the painting through the use of traditional brush work.
We are artists who have immersed ourselves in this technique and strive to create poetic meaning within our work.
Bronwen is a Sydney-born artist who has dedicated much of her life to exploring the creative process as a researcher and teacher.
The daughter of a keen watercolourist, It was in Singapore where Bronwen began to carve out her own career while studying under Chinese Masters at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in the 1970's.
Her painting style evolved upon returning to Australia, becoming absorbed in the symbolic iconography of Chinese calligraphy and how it can compliment and blend with traditional indigenous Australian techniques.
Bronwen set up the Ink Treasure Society, Canberra's first Chinese painting group, and continues to draw praise for her creative and inventive work at exhibitions around Australia.
Trish was a well established and much loved Balmain artist, renowned for teaching advanced watercolour classes and experimenting with traditional and contemporary painting styles.
Trish had a love of colour - often blending eclectic Chinese Mo-Ku techniques with Western watercolour methods.
She was on the board for the Willoughby Arts Centre for many years and sadly passed away in 2014. However, Trish's work continues to inspire the next generation of artists, with paintings hanging in homes, adorning offices, and gracing galleries across the country.