Tea Zen Exhibition 2015

We are very excited to announce the Tea Zen exhibition in the Summer of 2015

A multi-disciplinary media art exhibition at the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown and Dunbar Village. Featuring a rare opportunity to see the works of Chinese master calligrapher Don Wong, along with Vancouver-based artists Bryan Mulvihill and Lam Wong.

Zen in Japanese, Chan in Chinese and Dhyani in Sanscrit, means meditation: sitting still body speech and mind. When the mind and body are still, focused on the present moment without ideas or thoughts then the clear nature of the awareness mind is revealed. With practice and concentration this clear mind can be captured in a work of art, on in a focused activity, martial art, a tea ceremony, arranging flowers, in ones daily life.

The summer exhibition showcases cultural Tea and Zen inspired art including Don's Chinese calligraphy, Bryan's (aka trolley bus) 'Calligraffiti' scroll paintings, the premiere of Lam's film Tea Zen, photography, painting, ceramic tea-ware, art installation, tea ceremonial gatherings, workshops and talks.




Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Sat. July 4th, 4pm-7pm

VISUALSPACE Gallery (3352 Dunbar)
Thur. July 9th, 6pm




Don Wong
Don Wong is a Master Chinese Calligrapher from Anxi, Fujian province of China. Born in a tea family that has been growing and making tea for many generations, Don has dedicated his life to practicing the art of tea and the art of calligraphy. Tea and the life of tea man are the main subjects of his calligraphy.

For over seven decades, his life is dedicated to creating unique calligraphy styles in Li (official), Cao (grass/cursive), Xing (running) and Kai (regular) Scripts. Don's cursive script is fluid with well controlled brush strength, a harmony of boldness and softness, full of drama and spirit. His work has been widely exhibited in Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and collected all over the world.


Don Wong - Tea Poem

Tea Philosophy


Bryan Mulvihill
Bryan Mulvihill's 'Calligraffiti' pay homage to the 'cut-up' and 'permutation' processes passed on by Brion Gysin, who, along with William Burroughs, explored these techniques as a method to free the word, into an open state of visual association. With Brion's encouragement, bryan applied permutations to Zen Koan, expressions of enlightened states of mind. Offering an open-ended visual system, rather than a specific idea or reference point, it is intended to inspire creative participation of the viewer. These 'Calligraffiti' employ numerous languages and writing systems. Through a process of repetitive patterning, they stimulate the visual cortex, while at the same time remaining free of specific naming. The goals of permutation methods and Zen art are similar: to free the mind from preconceived ideas into a state of open-mind creativity. Calligraffiti may look abstract but are in fact loaded with contexts.




Lam Wong
Lam Wong was born in 1968 to an artistic family (calligrapher father and pianist mother) in Xiamen, China. He grew up in Hong Kong during the 80s and immigrated to Canada at the age of 19. Lam studied design, art history and painting, both in Alberta and BC. He makes music, photography, film, painting and tea. Lam is currently practicing painting as his main medium. He sees painting or art making as an ongoing spiritual practice. His main subjects are the perception of reality, the meaning of art, and the relationships between time, memory and space. Lam lives and works in Vancouver, Canada since 1998.