Sunday, 29 July 2012

Chiang Lee the silent traveller

From what I have heard from the V & A museum and t'internet,chinese artist and author Chiang Yee was stranded in England in 1942 during the second world war. He had been living in Europe for a decade by this point, and went round recording his experiences of living in England with drawings and paintings. He lived in the East End of London until the blitz destroyed his flat, after that he lived in Oxford.

His drawings are fascinating. He mixes Chinese and Western techniques, and it makes me feel giddy to see familiarly English scenes treated in such an exotic way. Exotic? Different?

I need this book. Will someone buy it for me?

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