Paul Ching-Bor

News and events

Group exhibition | June 1 – 4, 2023

L’Acquarello sulle vie del Grand Tour 2023
The watercolor on the routes of Grand Tour 2023

1-4 June 2023, Villa Falconieri, Frascati (Roma), Italia

1-4 Giugno 2023, Villa Falconieri, Frascati (Roma), Italia

In 2023, the International Academy of Watercolor broadens its horizons by organizing a very important event in Frascati, in the immediate vicinity of Rome, with Vivarium Novum. The event is held in Villa Falconieri, a place of extraordinary beauty, historical and artistic interest, one of the most beautiful villas of the Tuscolano Grand Tour.

Nel 2023 l’Accademia Internazionale dell’Acquarello amplia i propri orizzonti organizzando con Vivarium Novum un evento molto importaInte a Frascati, nelle immediate vicinanze di Roma. L’evento si tiene a Villa Falconieri, un luogo di straordinaria bellezza, interesse storico e artistico, una delle più belle ville del Grand Tour Tuscolano.

Exhibition | November 1 – December 16, 2022

The Embankment On My Mind

The Visual Arts Gallery and
the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Reception: November 5, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (both galleries)
The parking deck on Culver Avenue will be open to the guests for free.

Panel Discussion: “The Embankment on My Mind: Bridging Science and Art,”
November 22, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (The Auditorium, the Visual Arts Building)
For zoom participation, register here.

JCFriday extended hours: December 2, 11 am – 7 p.m.

Closing Reception: December 16, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (both galleries)

Curated by Peter Delman and Midori Yoshimoto
Organized by Maureen Crowley and Katy Lyness, Embankment Preservation Coalition

The Embankment on My Mind exhibits original art inspired by a grassroots preservation initiative that holds the promise of transforming Jersey City’s treatment of open space and an emerging trail system. Sixteen botanical artists depicting local flora join twenty-eight artists with wide-ranging responses to the site, a massive stone rail embankment in the Downtown.

Participating artists working in varied media: Anonda Bell, Anthony Boone, Jennifer Krause Chapeau, Paul Ching-Bor, Nancy Cohen, Santiago Cohen, Kim Correro, Beth Dary, Kate Dodd, Edward Fausty, Eileen Ferara, Jaz Graf, Ellie Irons, Deirdre Kennedy, Kay Kenny, Zoe Keramea, Kerry Kolenut, Robert Lach, Candy Le Sueur, Anne Novado, William Ortega, Anne Percoco, Mayumi Sarai, Barbara Seddon, Linda Streicher, MJ Tyson, Loura van der Meule.

Artists depicting flora and fauna along the Harsimus Branch: Nicole Christian, Kari Englehardt, Christiane Fashek, Margaret G. Garrison, Rose Marie James, Corinne Lapin-Cohen, Katy Lyness, Tammy S. McEntee, Donna Miskend, Dick Rauh, Monica Ray, Jeanne Reiner, Clara L. Richardson, Meryl Sheetz, Elizabeth White-Pultz, Sarah Yu.

This exhibition is supported by public funds from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund.

This project is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of County Commissioners.

Exhibition | October 15 – 28, 2022

The Great Beauty of Harmony

International Watercolor Invitational Exhibition, Kunming, China.

Exhibition video link

Exhibition | September 22 – November 3, 2019

Dramatized Propositions

Members only Meet-the-Artist reception: Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502

Artist Statement:

As I am coming home, returning from the “good old Europe”, I hear the rap music as soon as boarding the New York subway, then I realize I am once again in the zone of the “real world”.

As I am coming home, across the Hudson River, looking back from the Path entry of Exchange Place, the sculpture of the Katyn massacre and the main building of the WTC, in a straight line, referring to each other of the opposite shores of Hudson, each of them depicting a human tragedy. It intrigues me very much: what is in people’s mind when they have confronted such a perspective?

As the water of Hudson runs down, and runs out to the open sea, I have such notion in my head: the character of water — what goes around, what comes around.

As the moment when I relocated to NYC, I thought this was the place, with all the people coming from deferent places of the world, though having one thing in common — they did want some kind of goal in their life time, they wanted to make it here, that was the reason they came to New York. Searching, expectant, anticipating… so much for the purpose, we didn’t have such sense back home, we didn’t need a purpose to go on. Without a purpose here, it seems no place for it.

Of course, there is no place like New York, as it has been said: New York state of mind, New York state of drama, New York State of dynamic.

After working with the water medium for decades, I have the parallel paradoxes in my thought; watercolor painting, work on paper, originally coming from the conventional stage of being delicate/romantic, then confronting it’s opposite environments today; and human as we are, coming from the nature of being fragile/vulnerable, then crash into each other in this ocean of human in our time. From the practice of water medium painting, thinking of water this giving element, how it etherealizes into air; synchronizes humanity through its transforming stages; and how it carries color pigment, makes its remark on the paper… in parallel notion to human lives.