Generation One 2013

Generation One Poster 2013


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2013 Generation One Poster designed by Michelle K., edited by Samson Tam

Generation One Postcard by Angela Leung

2013 Generation One Postcard invitation designed by Angela Ka Yan Leung

Generation One Art Exhibition — a signature program of explorASIAN 2013

The 17th annual month-long festival to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in Metro Vancouver – explorASIAN 2013 – will feature “ Generation One Art Exhibition” as one of its signature programs at multiple sites throughout Metro Vancouver during the month of May, 2013.

The 4th annual art exhibition produced by VAHMS artists & community partners in multiple locations in Metro Vancouver will showcase Asian-Canadian artists’ creativity and vitality. This year’s program will feature both established local artists, as well as emerging artists who are first-generation Canadians, with an intention to cultivating the appreciation of visual arts among youths.

There are two participating shows, offering a wide spectrum of possibilities:

(A) Generation One 3 Dimensional Art Exhibition @ Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC

(B) Generation One 2 & 3 Dimensional Art Exhibition @ Asian Centre Auditorium, UBC

(A) Generation One 3 Dimensional Artwork @  Irving K Barber Learning by VAHMS and AHVA Invitation

IRVING K. BARBER LEARNING CENTRE Gallery hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays and holidays. Free admission; 1961 East Mall, Vancouver (Click here to see map)

In 2013, Generation One have invited four artists to showcase their artwork at IKBLC; they are Mr. Jong Jin Lee, Mr. Evan Leung, Ms. Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin, and Mr. Ping Kwong Wong.

Artist – Lee, Jong Jin

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Jong Jin Lee, In the flowerfield, marble

Jong Jin Lee was born in Seour, South Korea in 1971 and immigrated to Canada in 2008. He graduated from the department of Sculpture and Seoul’s Hong-Ik University in 1997. His professional artist life started in year 1997. His sculptures are an Expression of his past, his present and inner happiness. He strives to maximize impact and meaning through simple forms. He loves stone sculptures. Children, love, happiness, and nature are his favorite subjects for stone sculptures. He hopes his work warms hearts as hard as stone and helps make the world a more loving place.

Artist – Leung, Evan Ting-Kwok Leung

Harmony by Evan Leung

Evan Ting-Kwok Leung, Harmony, Ceramic

Evan Ting Kwok Leung was born in Hong Kong in 1977. Growing up with an artist father, Evan has been exposed to the arts and for as long as he can remember. During his secondary school period, he was fascinated by the potential and creativeness from pottery and ceramics. From 1995 to 1999, he learned further ceramic skills from an active potter, Ping-Kwong Wong, in Richmond, BC. Since 1998 , he has been participating in certain solo and group exhibitions in Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Later on from 2001 to 2005, according to the passion and interest of Ting Kwok, he studied varieties of visual arts theories, mediums and techniques at Kwantlen University College and Emily Carr Institute. Recently, his artworks have been selected in a few juried art exhibitions of ARTS 2010 – 2012 with Honorable Mention award, 2010 Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters and 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale Exhibition which the artwork is under the collection of New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.

Artist – MacLaurin, Ilsoo Kyung

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Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin, Korean Folk Dancers, Paper

I am a Korean who immigrated to Canada in 1967 as a Registered Nurse. After retiring from a 30 year nursing career, I studied fine arts and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University
of British Columbia in 2006. I am a member of the South Delta Artist’s Guild, the Delta Arts Council, the North Vancouver Artist’s Council and the Surrey Artist’s Council. This particular installation depicts an element of my past. As with many of my works, it is grounded within the natural world and visual appeal is at its roots. I pay special attention to detail, structure and form; however behind this scene can there be more meaning? These dancers stir and spread the awareness of a past, which in my hopes this installation will allow the viewer a glimpse of the challenges that we must face together as a society. In my works I am addressing the question of cultural identity and, in the process; a new synthesis is emerging in my own individual practice of creating art.

Artist – Wong, Ping Kwong

Dad, we'll be empty nest by Ping Wong

Ping-Kwong Wong, Dad, we’ll be empty nest!, Ceramic

Ping-Kwong Wong was born in China, moved to Hong Kong in 1956, and settled in Vancouver, Canada in 1994. Wong studied art education at Sir Robert Black College of Education, and Grantham College of Education from 1969 to 1972 in Hong Kong. He studied studio ceramics at Hong Kong Polytechnic from 1981 to 1983. He graduated from University of Wolverhampton, U.K. with B. Ed degree in 1992. He studied the ‘Adult Education Instructor Training Program’ at the Vancouver School Board, B.C., in 1995. He has participated many exhibitions in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, United States, and mainly in B.C., Canada since 1995. He was the recipient of the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Arts Award (Ceramics) in 1987. Now he is a studio potter and ceramic art instructor.

(B) Generation One @  Asian Centre  Auditorium (May 20th to 27th, 2013)

ASIAN CENTRE AUDITORIUM Gallery Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Sunday. Free admission; 1871 West Mall V6T 1Z2 (Click here to see map)

A special purpose of this year’s art exhibition is to put the spotlight on local young artists and established masters who are either home-grown first-generation Asian-Canadians or new immigrants. In order to nurture and support young local talents, Generation One Art Exhibition together with UBC Art History and Visual Art Department (AHVA) will co-present this week-long exhibition at the Asian Centre Auditorium from May 20 to 27, 2013.

This exhibition of paintings and calligraphy by local young artists from a Pan-Asian cultural spectrum – from the Middle East to the Far East.  This exhibition produced by VAHMS will also feature established masters’ works to stimulate inter-generational interaction and learning. In addition, special activities will be hosted on site during the exhibition period to foster intercultural dialogues and exchanges among the artists and with the public.

AHVA Curator of Generation One 2013 is professor Xiong Gu.

We had been calling for Asian-Canadian Artists to participate! (See bottom of the page for this year’s submission details.)

This year’s Generation One Opening Reception was on May 20, 2013, we had our sincere thanks to all the representatives of sponsors, speakers, artists, and guests, who joined us for this opening celebration! We appreciated and were delighted to have our featured artist Mr. Edgardo Lantin to do an Oil-Portrait demonstration of Dr. Jan Walls after the opening, as well as an undergraduate of UBC Art History and Visual Art, Ms. Diamond Zhou, to do paper-cutting demonstration.

Oil Portrait Demonstration

From Left to Right: Dr. Jan Walls and Mr. Edgardo Lantin

Click here to see more pictures of the art exhibition opening.

Generation one 2013 Artists at Asian Centre Auditorium:

Feature Artist: Edgardo Lantin

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Title: Milan Ilich: A Portrait Study
Media: oil on canvas
Country of Origin: Philippines
Philippine-born Edgardo Lantin graduated with
B.SC. Fine Arts, studied with renowned artist
Sym Mendoza, and attended Art Student League
in NY on a full year scholarship. His numerous
commissions include Philippine President Corazon
Aquino, Philantropist Whitford Vandusen, and
Physician/Inventor James McEwen. His dedication
and discipline has earned him multiple international

Artist: Danvic Briones


Title: Biyaheng Burnaby
Media: Mixed Media
Country of Origin: Philippines
I pursued my passion in painting and took up
Bachelor of Fine Arts . My works – which evolved
to part-woodcarving, part-oil painting, partrepresentation
of my realities – were exhibited in
New York, California, British Columbia and the

Artist: Poliang Chen

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Title: Where are you going?
Media: Water Color
Country of Origin: Taiwan
He is keeping to learn Chinese painting skill and
aesthetical ideas from the West. He expresses
himself by presenting subjects concerning Taiwanese
society and images in the universe. Chen, Poliang,
He was a professor to teach fine arts at University.
He is a professional artist held solo exhibitions 26
times, and he was invited to demonstrate Chinese
painting or attended joint exhibitions in Germany,
France ,America, and China, etc. His works and
collected by local and overseas collectors.

Artist: John Chen


Title: Living privately
Media: Colour Ink
Country of Origin: Taiwan

Artist: Uryel Cho

1.Her Call (2013). 19 _x25_, Sumi ink and acrylic and rice paper. Framed

Title: Her Call
Country of Origin: Korea
-Naropa University Magazine Cover & Selected
Artist for Uplifted Art Section.Issue Spring 2012.
Naropa University, Boulder, CO. USA
-Surrey/ North Delta Leader Newspaper, Jan 7. 2011.
introduced for the two person solo exhibition at
Newton Cultural Centre in Surrey.
-Spot Light on the Magazine. Surrey Arts Council,
Jan 2010.listed one painting image as a Christmas
card contest nominee.

2.His Response (2013). 19”x25”, Sumi ink and acrylic on rice paper. Framed

Title: His Response
Country of Origin: Korea
-Naropa University Magazine Cover & Selected
Artist for Uplifted Art Section.Issue Spring 2012.
Naropa University, Boulder, CO. USA
-Surrey/ North Delta Leader Newspaper, Jan 7. 2011.
introduced for the two person solo exhibition at
Newton Cultural Centre in Surrey.
-Spot Light on the Magazine. Surrey Arts Council,
Jan 2010.listed one painting image as a Christmas
card contest nominee.
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Artist: Amy Chu

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Title: Orchids
Media: Watercolour
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Amy Chu was born in Hong Kong. She became
interested in painting, music, photography and
handcraft at an early age. She has actively
participated in various exhibitions held in Hong
Kong, Toronto and Vancouver.

Artist: Leo O. Cunanan, Jr

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Title: Boy’s Best Friend
Media: Pastel
Country of Origin: Phillippines
Leo developed a strong interest in fine arts upon
meeting the maestro SYM Mendoza, founder of
Dimasalang III International Artists Group who
provided him the inspiration to pursue an art career.
Leo works in pastel, charcoal, watercolour; and also
enjoys creating digital art

Artist: Stuart Dee


Title: Natural Composition # 2571, Bali
Media: Photograph, Giclee Print
Country of Origin: Philippines
Stuart Dee studied painting and photography and
graduated with a BFA degree from UBC. His work is
represented in private and corporate collections.

Artist: Ella Ha


Title: Go Home
Media: Oil Painting
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
2011 – Chat without Other has been selected as
Juried Award – Winner
2010 – Juried Award Yosemite has been selected as
Honorable Metion – Winner
2009 – Orchid has been selected as The Award of
2008-Welcome to Olympic has been selected to

Artist: Jesse Hipolito


Title: “Eye Eye”
Media: Watercolor
Country of Origin: Philippines

Artist: Gladys Hsu


Title: Past to Present
Media: Watercolour on paper
Country of Origin:
Currently studying Visual Arts at University of
British Columbia, Gladys Hsu has experienced with
a few of different areas of art: painting, drawing,
photography, digital media. Of all of the above areas,
Gladys Hsu has found painting most interested. With
her media in paintings, she likes to paint subjects
which relates or has special meaning to her. With
some years of experience with different areas of art
practices, Gladys Hsu has learned and experimented
her way and style of art as both student and artist.

Artist: Jill Huang


Title: Title: Hidden Memories
Media: Media: Acrylic on canvases
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Jill Huang 黃子恬, was born in Taiwan, Taipei in
1991. Her family moved to south part of Taiwan,
Kaohsiung, when she was around two year-old until
recent. She came to Canada in 2007 for studying
senior high school in Nova Scotia. She is always
being interested in arts and love drawing/painting.
Therefore after her three years of high school
she came to Vancouver for University of British
Columbia to study Visual Arts.

Artist: Jong Kook Kim


Title of artwork: Deep Valley
Media: rice paper, black ink, and watercolors
Country of Origin: Korea
Numerous prizes in the Korea Grand National Art
Competition.Various group exhibitions in Chunju, my
hometown and Seoul A degree in Korean Art Painting
from Wonkang University. Immigration to Canada in
1993Honorable mention in International Watercolor
Art Competition in Courtenay and 1st place on
watercolor in Art 2012 Surrey

Artist: Hai Ping Lee


Title: Sunset
Media: Oil Painting
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Hai Ping Lee graduated from the National Taiwan
Academy of Art, Faculty of
Fine Arts.Immigrated to Canada and attend Emily
Carr art School for two years.
Being a resident of Vancouver for over 30 years and
traveling throughout the world
has added inspiration to her artwork, president of
CAAC 2013- 2014.

Artist: Lee Jong Jin

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Title: Lucky Boy
Media : Marble
Country of Origin: Korea
Children, love, happiness, and nature are my favorite
My pieces are an expression of my past, present, and
inner happiness.
I strive to maximize impact and meaning through
simple forms.

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Title: Love
Media: Marble
Country of Origin: Korea
Children, love, happiness, and nature are my favorite
My pieces are an expression of my past, present, and
inner happiness.
I strive to maximize impact and meaning through
simple forms.

Artist: John,Han Chang Lin

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Title: Emit Flow – Illusion
Media: Mixed Media
Country of Origin: Taiwan
John Han Chang Lin is born in Taiwan. His passion
of working with water colours started in early
childhood. Lin began painting while operating a
framing business in Taiwan. As Lin immigrated
to Canada and continued his framing business, he
infused a western dimension to his painting.
Lin’s favourite style is modern impressionist.

Artist: Jacqueline Loh


Title: The Heart of the Matter
Country of Origin: Malaysia
Jacqueline Loh is a fine artist living in Vancouver who
is a member of the Dimasalang Group. She began her
artistic journey many years ago while drawing and
painting the sceniclandscapes of Northern Ontario. She
graduated with a B.A (Planning)from the University of
Western Ontario in London, Ontario and a B.L.Arch in
landscape architecture from U.B.C. She is influenced
by the works of the dutch artists and tries to bring their
inspiration to the spirit that surrounds many of her
subjects. Her mentor and friend is Filipino artist Sym

Artist: Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin


Title: Old Tree Trunk
Media: Ceramic
Country of Origin: Korea
I am a Korean who immigrated to Canada in 1967 as a
Registered Nurse. After retiring from a 30 year nursing career,
I studied fine arts and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the
University of British Columbia in 2006. I am a member of the
South Delta Artist’s Guild, the Delta Arts Council, the North
Vancouver Artist’s Council and the Surrey
Artist’s Council.My multi-media works investigate identity
under the influence of Korean and Canadian
cultures, particularly about gender equality and traditions.
They are grounded in the natural world, but look beyond the
scenic to search for symbols and meaning of my encounters in

Artist: Katie Mak


Title: The History of Words 述篆
Media: Chinese Ink
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Katie Mak has been practicing Chinese Calligraphy
for nearly 16 years. She is currently pursuing a
career in pedorthics and remains an enthusiastic
amateur Chinese calligrapher.

Artist: Esmie Gayo McLaren


Title: Pasigan: At Pasig River
Media: oil on canvas
Country of Origin: Philippines
Esmie’s paintings are anecdotes of life. Long intrigued
with capturing people on canvas, she infuses
her figures with action and emotion, presenting them
in some of their best moments. Her award-winning
inspirations are exhibited and collected widely. An
active member of Federation of Canadian Artists and
Dimasalang III Artists

Artist: SYM Mendoza

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Title: “F” Composition
Media: Oil on canvas
Country of Origin: Philippines
Legendary artist Sofronio Ylanan Mendoza known
by his initials ‘SYM’ founded the Dimasalang
Group in 1968. He is a multi-awarded artist recently
receiving the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee
Medal this year. SYM devotes his time painting and
continues to mentor aspiring artists. His dedication
and passion towards art is evidenced in his prolific

Artist: Reynato Pablo


Title: Kaitlyn
Media: oil on canvas
Country of Origin: Philippines
Reynato Pablo’s journey into fine art began in 2006
as a new immigrant from the Philippines, painting
portraits, landscapes and still-lifes in oil. An active
member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and
Dimasalang III International Artist Group, he is
furthering his art through continuing education
courses at Langara College.

Artist: Rod Pedralba


Title: Tribute to Robert Bateman
Media: Oil on linen
Country of Origin: Philippines
Philippine-born Rod Pedralba was trained as an architectural
draftsman and studied under Sym Mendoza,
a renowned Filipino-Canadian artist. Other
influences include Robert Bateman and the Group of
Seven. Rod’s imaginative expressions have evolved
into a modern vision of harmonious patterns of
shapes creating a unique form of cubism.

Artist: J.A. Tan (Jose Antonio Tan)


Title: Free at Last
Media: Acrylic on Canvas
Country of Origin: Philippines
J.A. Tan, joined the United Nations stamp design
club when his artwork, “Victory” was issued as a
United Nations stamp last April 2012.
Completing his BFA at Emily Carr University
in 2010, he has had solo and group shows in
Vancouver, Philippines, California, and London,
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Artist: Clare Yow


Title: Mourning Goods for Good Mourning
Media: Photographic print
Country of Origin: Singapore
Clare Yow is an artist whose practice has been
foregrounded in the everyday and seemingly
unremarkable as subject matter, material and
process. Her work navigates embodied subjectivities
within the hyphenated existence of Chinese
Canadian-ness. Clare holds an MFA, Visual Art
(UBC) and an Honours BFA, Photographic Studies
(Ryerson University).

Artist: Bing Zhao

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Title: Cliff
Media: Chinese Ink and Color
Country of Origin: China

Artist: Ting Zhou


Title: Poppy Flower
Media: Oil Painting
Country of Origin: China

Artist: Diamond Yezhuang Zhou

Title: Suspended Animation (Part of Not Three, Not
Four series)
Media: Drawings on paper
Country of Origin: China
I was unexpectedly a passionate artist since the age of two, with
the support of my artist family I was able to develop a sense of
style and commitment to art. So instead of becoming a doctor,
lawyer, or account manager, I chose art. I came from Beijing,
then I moved to New York, now I’m in Vancouver, I am always
exploring and learning. I became a woman with many titles;
I am an exhibition coordinator, a student, an illustrator, a coworker,
a friend, a confidante, a wife, a daughter, and a mother.
Yet, over the years, I remind myself that I am most importantly
an artist, and that no matter what happens in life, there will
always be an uninterrupted flow of art making and appreciating.
My work is an extension of myself and the reason that I am.

Artist: Miki Watanabe


Title: Clifftop Eyes

Media: acrylic on canvas

Country of Origin:

Miki Watanabe  is an artist investigating questions of spiritually, sexuality, psychology and the relationship between technology and culture. These  issues are investigated in a variety of mediums in an emotionally charged visual language, often pertaining to a cyber-feminist discourse. Her body of work is an exploration of the point in time where cultures collides, a meeting between the digital and the ethereal, the spiritual and the synthetic. These dichotomies convey a diverse array of intimacies unique to a visionary.

*If you are interested in participating in the Generation One Art Exhibitions in May 2013, please do the following:

1. Submit your application to by May. 1, 2013

a) Personal Information

i) First and Last Name

ii) Country of Origin

ii) Phone Number

b) Artwork Information: The following will be used to make the caption tag 

NOTE: 2 Dimensional Artworks must be ready to be hung by wires! Generation One Committee reserves all rights to reject any artwork that is not ready and will not improvise installation.

i) Name of artwork

ii) Media

iii) Dimension: 2D Artworks width are restricted to one meter or less than 39.5 inches

iv) Artist Statement (Optional) in 30 words or less

c) Artist Biography in 50 words or less: If the biography is more than 50 words, we will only keep the first 50 words. Any word in excess will be cut-off 

d) A photograph of your Artwork for curate purpose

2. Agree to our VAHMS Vision and Mission Statement

3. Become our member! (Individual Membership Fee: $10 or Group Membership Fee: $50 for Year 2013; Asian Centre Auditorium Exhibition Fee: $20 per artwork*)

*Artists will be notified by May. 08, 2013 about whether they got admitted to Generation One 2013 and they will receive email confirmation and details about installation date. Membership fee and exhibition fees are non-refundable and will be due on the date of artwork installation on May. 19, 2013, so it applies strictly toward admitted artists