FROM HAUTE COUTURE TO PAINTING:
The fashion-inspired watercolors of Colleen Quen will be gracing the walls of the China Brotsky Gallery from June 12 to September 5. The artist’s solo show features watercolors on rice paper and a collection of designer gowns from her past thirty year designing career. The common thread (excuse the pun) is the exploration of the unconscious mind.
Quin’s work has deep roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts. She explains, “I paint with the simplicity of calligraphy strokes, in which each stroke has meaning. Pressure points create the shape from brush to the rice paper, creating volume, movement and expression. My brush becomes my spirit. When I paint, I become one with the universe. I use my creativity to give to others my love, joy and spirit. My tools are simple, my imagination goes free.”
Divided into three sections of “Heaven, Nature, and Spirit”, Quen’s watercolors include whimsical names like Madame Quen, Enchantment, Empress New Shoes, Cherry Blossom Woman, and Peony Woman.
Live Painting, Discussion: July 3, Aug 7, Sept 4, 3-5pm
China Brotsky Gallery
1014 Torney Ave
Presidio Building #1014
(Lincoln Blvd / Torney Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: (415) 561-6300
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm