Week 9 Praha Attic

Praha Attic /布拉格阁楼 oil on canvas 50x50cm Niamh Cunningham/瑞莲2010

A portrait will be posted every week on this website home page throughout the year of 2019. Some are of young Chinese learners whom I used to teach in my early years in China , friends,, family and others are of artists and curators with whom I have worked over the years. 

When I lived in Prague we lived in an attic flat and often my son enjoyed popping his head out of the skylight to view the roof tops.

Week 8 Twin Dance

Twin Song / 双生•歌 布面油画 50×50厘米 Niamh Cunningham/瑞莲 2012

A portrait will be posted every week on this website home page throughout the year of 2019. Some are of young Chinese learners whom I used to teach in my early years in China (this is from the Transparent Milk Series), some are of family , friends, and others are of artists and curators with whom I have worked over the years. 

The Art of the Young Learner – two different workshops

It has been a few years since I gave workshops for children. But within the space of a week I gave 6 workshops in two different locations during the Chinese new year festival .

It was good to re-engage with my approach, knowing full well what I needed to provide. How will I manage and contain the exuberance, energy and impatience of the children? Would I remain patient myself in that environment?  Could I nurture the brilliant moments they have and push them on that path when things actually do work out and continue to work out wonderfully? Would I be able to unlock their talent and satisfy their curiosity ? Continue reading

Week 2 – Princess of Daxing

Princess-of-Daxing-Transparent-Milk-series 50x50cm oil on canvas, Niamh Cunningham 2012

 

This weeks portrait  refers to an older series of portraits of young Chinese learners. Several years ago I did a Summer workshop in a school in the southern outskirts of the city (Daxing)  This little girl I still remember as looking very regal with her hair pinned up high.  Continue reading

Resolutions

Blazer Blue oil on canvas 50x50cm Niamh Cuningham/瑞联 2018 2

 

As this is the first Sunday of 2019 my new year resolution is to post a portrait every week. I am hoping this will push my portraits to completion and will have over 60 of these within the year. 

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