Tea Zen by Don Wong, Lam Wong & Bryan Mulvihill
The Canadian premiere of master calligraphy scrolls meditating on the poetry of tea
Exhibit: July 1 – August 31, 2015
Tea is the world’s most popular drink. Behind this simple drink lay many layers of meaning and beauty. Tea has specific symbolic qualities that relate to the view of Asian philosophical traditions. The first is simplicity. Both Buddhism and Taoism stress that a life of simplicity brings great peace. Yearning for extravagance never brings satisfaction. The taste of tea is thus very special because it’s not extravagant or excessive. It is beautiful in its simplicity.
Tea Zen exhibition gives a glimpse of how this fascinating drink captures the human spirit and relates to Zen. The exhibit showcases Lam Wong’s documentary in which he interviews tea farmers, tea lovers, artists, tea masters and a Zen monk, his photographs of tea fields in China, a hand-made 100-piece tea set and the exquisite calligraphy scrolls written by master calligrapher, Don Wong.
Don’s cursive script is fluid with well controlled brush strength, a harmony of boldness and softness, full of drama and spirit. His works are highly regarded and collected in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the United States, the UK, Germany and France.
Joining the father – son duo is Bryan Mulvihill, Vancouver and New Delhi-based artist, calligrapher, Asian scholar, tea historian, and a founder of the art salon known as the World Tea Party. His calligraphy scrolls intend to inspire the creative participation of the viewer.