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Nepean Art Society invites artists to give demonstrations at "The Studio" throughout the year.

Richard Chao has agreed to present our next demonstration in July 2018. We are very pleased and excited that he is available and willing to demonstrate his skills and techniques with us.

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A teacher of Fine Art, a cartoonist, a designer, no matter what titles used to be, the best description of Richard Chao (known as Tiejun Chao by his Chinese name), however, is a born artist.

Richard is a Chinese artist living in Sydney, Australia. Born in a family of artistic atmosphere in 1972, Richard initiated drawing when he was only a 5-year old boy. Inheriting from his grandfather, who was an artist in 1930’s China, Richard’s talent turned up at a very young age. After he consecutively finished his study in Xi’an Fine Arts College, Xi’an Fine Arts Academy, and finally obtained his Master of Art in Xi’an Jiaotong University, he was well-prepared to be a professional artist.

However, being an artist is not a paved way for Richard. He used to be a teacher of fine arts for 9 years in a Chinese university and had worked as a cartoonist and a designer in a Chinese newspaper for 13 years. During this period Richard had produced lots of oil painting works. It is after he settled down in Sydney in 2013, that Richard began to focus on watercolour.

Richard is an enthusiastic watercolourist with a very keen sense of colour, which was initially fully reflected in his oil paintings. He also stands out for his high techniques applied in oil paintings and watercolor paintings, especially in portraits. He vividly captures the characteristics and nature of his subjects. His paintings not only witness his exquisite techniques and coloring skills, but also the deep influence of classical art upon him.

Transparent watercolor is a material that is truly difficult to control. What is exciting for him is to apply quasi-super-realistic technique to experiment with the possibility of watercolor in depicting the subject’s innermost being.

Richard’s works have won him an  international reputation, and 2016 was a fruitful year for Richard. He was the finalist of IWS First Canada International Watercolor Biennial 2016 with his watercolor work “An Aboriginal Man” and the finalist of IWS HK 1st International Watercolor Biennial 2016 with his work “A Weathered Face”. With his works “The Parable of Seeds” and “A Little Girl from Rural Western China”, he became the finalist of Watercolor Exhibition of Western China Impression. He is also invited as an overseas artist to exhibit “Cultural Trip around South Guangdong”. Besides, his watercolor solo exhibition was held successfully in Sydney, Australia in August.


Finalist - IWS Canadian Biennial 2016
Finalist - IWS HK 1st International Watercolor Biennial 2016
Finalist-Watercolor Exhibition of Western China Impression


VENUE: Nepean Art Society, 129 Henry St, Penrith

WHEN: Saturday 14th July,  2018  

TIME:  2pm

COST: $5.00

To register and pay for this demonstration please click Demonstration – Richard Tiejun Chao

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