1963 Born in Guangzhou - Southern China 1987- 1996 Sydney, Australia, lived and worked as professional artist 1996 -2010 Presently living and working in New York City Education
1975-81 Selected to study fine art at the Youth Arts Centre, Guangzhou, China 1984-85 Sculpture Department, Guangzhou Fine Art University, China 1985-87 Fine Art Department, Jing De Zhen Ceramic Institute, China 1996-02 Painting and Print Making, National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts, New York. Solo Exhibitions
2006 Reeves Contemporary, New York, Chelsea, New York City. Neuhauser Kunstmühle, Sommerausstellung der Neuhauser Kunstmühle: Paul Ching-Bor, Salzburg, Austria 2005 Spanierman Gallery, LLC, High Anxiety— New York City, New York City, Graydon Gallery, In Transit, Brisbane, Australia 2002 Spanierman Gallery, LLC, Echo in Steel, New York City, Glen Eira City Gallery, The Pilgrimage, Traveling exhibition, Melbourne, Australia Vista Blue Contemporary Art Gallery, The Pilgrimage, Traveling exhibition, Sydney, Australia Schloss Neuhaus, Der Neuhauser Herbst, Salzburg, Austria. 2000 Mary Place Gallery, Oppressive Glory, Traveling exhibition, Sydney, Australia, Butler Institute of American Art, Oppressive Glory, Traveling exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio, USA 998 Brighton Horizons Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 1997 Brighton Horizons Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 1996 Brighton Horizons Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 1994 Bighton Horizons Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 1993 Melalecua Gallery, Anglesea, Australia, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, Australia. 1992 Brighton Horizon Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 1991 Melaleuca Gallery, Anglesea, Australia. 1990 Hilton International, Sydney, Australia.
Awards and Prizes 2000 The Allied Artists of America 2000 Gold Medal of Honor Greg G. Thielen Memorial Award 1999 Watercolor USA 1999 Cash Award Prize 1998 The Allied Artists of America 1998 Silver
Medal of Honor 1997 The Allied Artists of America. 1997 Gold Medal of Honor
Newington Award for Best Painting, American Artists Professional League Annual Exhibition 1995 First Prize for drawing by the RAS of New South Wales, Australia. 1994 First Prize and Gold Medal by the Rotary Club of Camberwell, Victoria, Australia. 1990 First Prize and the Special Prize, Annual Exhibition, RAS of Victoria, Australia. First Prize and Highly Commended in the Mercedes Benz Youth Scholarship by the RAS of New South Wales of Australia. 1989 Awarded prizes and the Special Prize in the annual exhibition associated with the RAS of Victoria of Australia.
Grants 2010 Artists in Residence, Neuhauser Kunstmühle, Salzburg, Austria. Multipoint International Art Symposium 2010, Nitra, Slovakia 2009 Artists in Residence, Neuhauser Kunstmühle, Salzburg, Austria. 2006 Artists in Residence, Neuhauser Kunstmühle, Salzburg, Austria. 2003 Artists in Residence, Galerie Schloss Neuhaus, Salzburg, Austria. 2001 Artists in Residence, Galerie Schloss Neuhaus, Salzburg, Austria in conjunction with a group exhibition, Salzburg in Neuen Ansichten 1991 Awarded the Overseas Study Travel Grant (Europe) by the Rotary Club of Camberwell, Victoria, Australia. Awarded the Mercedes Benz Youth Scholarship for the study of fine art in New York, by the RAS of New South Wales, Australia.
Juried Exhibitions 2008 Art On Paper 2008, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina. 2005 Allentown Art Museum 29th Juried Show, Myth, Magic, and Meaning, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 2003 67th National Annual midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio. 2002 Allentown Art Museum 28th Juried Show, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 2000 Allentown Art Museum 27th Juried Show, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Watercolor West 31st Annual Juried Exhibition, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside California 36th Annual Juried Exhibition, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York. Group Exhibitions - selected 2010 MULTIPOINT INTERNATIONAL ART SYMPOSIUM 2010 -- PROXIMITY, Gallery UNIVERZUM, University of Constantine the Philosopher, Nitra, Slovakia. GE 4th Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month Art Exhibition, General Electric Company, Fairfield, Connecticut. 2009 “Metropolitan Memories” Hudson County Arts Annual 2009, The Brennan Gallery at Justice William Brennan Court House, Jersey City, New Jersey. State Of The Art 2009: National Biennial Watercolor Invitational, Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, Illinois, 2008 Sprawl, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, New Jersey 2004 New York City in Art, Spanierman Gallery, New York 2003 Steindruck 03, Galerie Schloss Neuhaus, Salzburg, Austria Ching – Bor / Lehmpfuhl Lithographien Aus Der Werkstatt, Galerie Schloss Neuhaus, Salzburg, Austria 2002 Steel City, Sangre De Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo, Colorado Allied Artists of America 2002 Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York 2001 Salzburg in Neuen Ansichten, Galerie Schloss Neuhaus, Salzburg, Austria 2000 64th Annual Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio Watercolor USA 2000, Springfield Art Museum, Missouri 1999 Paper Works 99, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Connecticut 63rd Annual Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio Watercolor USA 1999 Exhibition, Springfield Art Museum, Missouri, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors 18th Annual Exhibition, Arts Guild of Old Forge, New York, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition 1999, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado Allied Artists of America 1999 Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, Yew York. 1998 Allied Artists of America 1998 Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York 1997 Allied Artists of America 1997 Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, American Artists Professional League Annual Exhibition, NY, New York 1996 The Contemporary Realism Exhibition, Philadelphia, USAWynne Prize Exhibitions 1996, Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 1995 Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize Touring Exhibition, regional galleries in N.S.W. and Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 1994 Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 1989 Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize Exhibition, associated with the City of Sydney Cultural Council, Australia
Publications New York Reviews, Artnews, May 2002 Artist's journey of Discovery, Mosman Daily, Sydney Australia, July 2002 Butler features watercolor exhibit, The Vindicator: Scene, September 2000 I'll take Manhattan, International Artist, August/September 1998 Finding a balance, Australian Artist, June 1991
Collections Hilton International, Sydney; Shell Chemicals, Melbourne; Camberwell Civic Centre, Melbourne; Mobil Oil, Melbourne; Pioneer International, Sydney; Club Marine Insurance, Melbourne; Pacific Seasons, Melbourne; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri; Ritz Carlton, New York, New York; Grand Hyatt International, Tokyo; Park Hyatt, Shanghai; Sparkasse Bank, Salzburg; Mandarin Oriental Hotel, New York, New York; The Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina. Private Collections in Australia, United States of America, Japan, England and Europe.
About A contemporary painter whose dynamic cityscapes represent a bold new exploration of the medium, Paul Ching-Bor was born in 1963 in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the capital of the province of Guangdong. At age twelve, he began his study of art at the Youth Arts Centre in Guangzhou. He remained at the school for six years while attending high school. He went on to study sculpture for two years at Guangzhou Fine Art University. He spent an additional two years at the Jing De Zhen Ceramic Institute, in the Jiangxi province, where his training consisted of courses in academic fine-art techniques.
In 1987 Ching-Bor moved to Sydney, Australia. There he focused on watercolors, portraying primarily the suburban neighborhood of Paddington, where his studio was located. In 1990 Ching-Bor received a scholarship sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and awarded by from the Royal Agricultural Society for the study of fine art in New York. In the following year he received the Overseas Study Travel Grant from the Rotary Club of Camberwell, Victoria, Australia. For the next four years he saved money to insure that he would be able to prolong his stay beyond the scholarship's term, and in 1996 he was able to realize a long-held desire to move to New York. “When I first walked down the streets of Manhattan I was curious about the impact this strident city and the jostling crowds would have on my work,” Ching-Bor recalled. “The structures, arches, and bridges immediately inspired me, and particularly suited my limited color palette. My favorite colors are black and white, and I found I was able to tackle New York subjects in a very free way that, in the early stages, suggests abstract painting.”
Indeed, the art with which Ching-Bor finds the greatest connection is that of the New York School Abstract Expressionists, especially Franz Kline. In the works of Kline, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, and other artists of the era, Ching-Bor found intriguing parallels with the theories of ancient Chinese scroll painters, a coalescence that has inspired his own personal blend of Eastern and Western approaches. In response to New York, Ching-Bor's art evolved. He began to work on a big scale, using the largest and heaviest papers that he could find, in the thought of no compromise to the conventional watercolor's principle. His process involves laying down the fundamental part of the painting, which is the structure of the work. He then proceeds to glaze and splash paint on the paper until the image disappears. When the work dries, “the image bounces back.” “Then I look at it again,” says the artist, “The remains from the dematerialization become the new materialization of the work…”
Through this method, Ching-Bor has reconsidered the qualities of watercolor that are often thought to be intrinsic to the medium, such as sensitivity, delicacy, and transparency. According to him, his images are “not so transparent, not so spontaneous in some parts, and not so ‘watercolor' anymore. They are the substantial, developed face of watercolor painting.” This approach is robust and dynamic; at the same time, the works have a quiet intensity in their melancholic and stark qualities.
Living in New York has suited what Ching-Bor has sought to express in his art, and he found the spirit of the city manifested in many of its facets. “When I look at life in New York,” he observed, “I see people having come from another country or state and living in Manhattan for some kind of purpose. People are not living freely; they live for the ‘reason'. The contrast between dark and light is so much a part of the experience of living in New York.”
Through painting urban ambiance, Ching-Bor has found a vehicle for expressing the city's intensity, loneliness, ambition, and drive. Lately the subject that has gripped him the most is the Queensborough Bridge at Fifty-Ninth Street and the East River, a short walk from his home and studio on East Seventy-Fifth Street and York Avenue. Like John Marin, who painted dynamic, sparkling watercolors of the Brooklyn Bridge that expressed the vitality of New York from the 1910s through the 1940s, Ching-Bor uses the bridge as an expressive form. However, for him, the bridge is less a symbolic motif than a plan or form that coalesces with his subconscious and direct responses to the city. The dark, heavy surfaces, pierced with soft, streaked, and glimmering light, and the vertical thrusts, countered by plunging diagonals, are diagrams of the city as much as of the human psyche. “I have found my dialogue in the echoing steel structure,” he says. “The heavy weight of the steel depicts the burden we carry. The intricacy of the pylons is the conflicting issues in our society. The haunting emotion behind the steel is phenomenal.”
Ching-Bor began his images of steel structures in late 1996. These works are in tune with the rhythm of this time of defiance, tension, and gritty realism. At the same time, they are self-referential, reflecting Ching-Bor's very personal response to his surroundings.
Ching-Bor has participated in many exhibitions in Australia and the United States, and has been the recipient of many prizes and awards. In 1999 he went to Turkey, where he created a group of works for a 2002 exhibition. In 2000 a solo show of his work was held at the Butler Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, and in the following year, he was invited to take part in an artist-in-residency program in Salzburg, Austria, sponsored by Neuhaus Gallery, Salzburg, and Sparkasse Bank. The works he produced on the sojourn were included in A New Vision of Salzburg (2001).
Ching-Bor's works are in many private and public collections in the Australia, England, Japan, and the United States including Hilton International, Sydney; Shell Chemicals, Melbourne, Australia; Camberwell Civic Centre, Melbourne; Mobil Oil, Melbourne; Pioneer International, Sydney; the Springfield Art Museum, Missouri; Ritz-Carlton, New York; Grand Hyatt International, Tokyo; Park Hyatt, Shanghai; Sparkasse Bank, Salzburg; Myriad Hotel, New York; and the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina.
Upcoming Exhibition - 2011 (TBA) Two men show with fellow artist Stefan Beltzig, at the Artists' Pavilion in Munich, Germany. Exhibition date to be confirmed. www.kunst-pavillon.org Upcoming Exhibition - 2011 (TBA) Solo exhibition at Neuhauser Kunstmühle, Salzburg, Austria. Exhibition date to be confirmed. www.neuhauser-kunstmuehle.at Upcoming Exhibition - April 2011 Solo exhibition at Portakal Sanat ve Kültür Evi, Istanbul, Turkey. April 2011. Exhibition scheduled. www.rprotakal.com Upcoming Exhibition - March 2011 Solo exhibition with Neuhauser Kunstmühle in ART KARLSRUHE, Germany. March 2011. Exhibition scheduled. www.art-karlsruhe.de