Yesterday my friend Helen took me to the Australian Chinese Painting Society members’ exhibition in Meadowbank. There you see beginners’ work (some elaborately mounted and framed) alongside those of award winning artists (including some hastily and simply presented). I was impressed by the democracy of this non selective exhibition and therefore will not reveal their names or point out their levels of expertise.
There is a Chinese saying, 人靠衣裝，佛靠金裝 – ‘a man needs clothes to present him, even the Buddha needs gold to frame him’ (the latter refers to the tradition of devotees putting gold leaves on the statues of Buddha). Presentation can change perception.
The rest of the exhibition includes works of masters and amateurs – can you tell them apart? :)