Friday, November 25, 2016

Claremount School of Theology professor shares his passion in art show

By Sarah Torribio
"Noah's Ark" by He Qi
CALIFORNIA---Artist He Qi was drawn to faith and artistic expression at a time when both were considered heresy. He was attending middle school in Nanjing, China in 1966 when Chairman Mao launched his Cultural Revolution. Most recently he has been a professor-in-residence at Claremont School of Theology, a two-year post that will come to an end this February. Between now and then, you can visit the CST library to see giclée prints and original paintings by Mr. Qi as well as a couple of his works rendered in silk needlework by traditional Chinese artisans. Mr. Qi’s biblical scenes meld influences ranging from Chinese folk art to cubism to fauvism. [link]

In 1992, he earned a doctorate in religious art from the Nanjing Art Institute. He now divides his time between the United States and China, bringing his artistic and theological knowledge to bear as a visiting professor or artist-in-residence.