2009
Art expert, collection curator to bless works by Chinese Christian artist

Art expert, collection curator to bless works by Chinese Christian artist
July 28, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Fr. Michael Komechak, O.S.B., curator of the Benedictine University Art Collection and a much sought-after expert on religious art, has been invited to bless five reproductions of artwork by Chinese artist He Qi at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Naperville. Fr. Michael will also give a presentation to explain the unusual prints, which have been reproduced in the “Giclee” process. Qi is a Chinese Christian artist whose works have appeared on television and in magazines and newspapers across the world. A former professor at the Nanjing Theological Union Seminary and tutor of master’s degree students in philosophy, he earned a Ph.D. in religious art from the Hamburg Art Institute in Germany. Qi’s works blends Chinese folk custom and traditional Chinese painting techniques with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages. He has exhibited in Hong Kong, London, San Francisco, Washington, Detroit and other U.S. and European cities. The “Giclee” process employs high-resolution digital scans and archival quality inks that provide better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. The process is used by artists who want to produce limited quantity, high quality reproductions. The five works that will be dedicated are “Good Samaritan,” “Supper at Emmaus,” “Calling the Disciples,” “Messiah” and “Glory to God.”

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