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Feb 27

What’s In the Display case? Religious art

Currently featured in the display case are prints of the religious paintings of Dr. He Qi. These prints are meant to celebrate Lent. Take some time to enjoy these works of art, which represent this important season in the church year.

The prints in the display case include: “The Risen Lord,” “Mary Magdalene,” “The Women Arriving at the Tomb,” “Praying at Gethsemane,” “The Crucifixion,” and “He Is Not Here.”

Dr. Qi holds a Ph.D. in religious art. This is a significant achievement, as he was the first among Mainland Chinese to earn this degree after the Cultural Revolution in 1992.

Dr. Qi’s recent book, “Art of He Qi,” has a preface by Dr. Richard Melheim (author and founder of Faith Incubators). He lauds Dr. Qi’s work: “Vibrant. Energetic. Breathtaking. Biblical. Humorous. Whole-world art.”

“He Qi blends Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages, but adds his own spin, techniques, and style,” said Dr. Melheim.

His art tells a strong message. “He hopes to help change the ‘foreign image’ of Christianity in China by using artistic language, and at the same time, to supplement Chinese Art the way Buddhist art did in ancient times,” said Dr. Melheim.

According to his biography, Dr. Qi is a member of the China Art Association and a former council member of the Asian Christian Art Association (1998-2006). He received the 20th Century Award for Achievement in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of Religious Art Theory and Christian Art Creation of IBC in Cambridge, UK.

His artwork has been displayed in museums, galleries, universities, and churches – all around the world. His paintings have been featured in many publications in the United States, China, and around the world.

An impressive array of schools, including Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary, have reached out to host Dr. Qi as a visiting professor and artist-in-residence to give lectures and provide art exhibits. He is currently a guest professor at Drew University in New Jersey.

All information on Dr. He Qi and his art is courtesy of his web site, www.heqiart.com.