Book Presentation and Signing at Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 6 p.m.
The painter, illustrator, and author Chen Jiang Hong will introduce his latest book about the young fisherman Tong at the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin. He will give a presentation describing his work as a writer and illustrator. The Paris-based artist has made a name for himself with children’s books in which he re-tells and illustrates Chinese legends and motifs. He has received numerous awards for The Tiger Prince and Lian Hua, and the book The Magic Horse of Han Gan won the German Children’s Literature Award (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis).
Utilizing motifs and colors from Chinese ink images, Chen Jiang Hong’s illustrations lead readers into magical dream worlds. After a book about his grandfather (2009), in which Chen re-imagines his childhood, in his latest work he tells the story of a fisher boy Tong, who encounters death. It is a fairy tale about loneliness and the joy of fatherly love. Chen will tell the audience about how he works as an author and illustrator. This will be followed by a book signing.
In connection with the reading, Chen Jiang Hong will also be holding a three-hour painting and drawing workshop at the Confucius Institute. It will be held Sunday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the workshop, he will present techniques and motifs from Chinese painting. The workshop participants will have an opportunity to share in the creative process of his illustrations and figural motifs. Registration for the workshop is online via the website of the Confucius Institute.