Annual Dinner Meeting of the Harvard Club of Lee County
5:30pm – 8:30pm Fri 6 Apr 2018
Born in Shanghai, named Gu Ting, Deena’s artistic talent became apparent at an early age. She was accepted as a teenager for apprenticeship under Chen Shi-Fa, President of the Institute of Chinese Painting in Shanghai. Two years later, still a teenager, Deena was accepted for apprenticeship under Tse Chen-Na, another famous Chinese painter.
Deena’s study focused on traditional Chinese art, particularly water color on silk. During her four years of apprenticeship she develop her craft by copying great Chinese paintings from the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
She then came to America, relocating to Philadelphia in 1984 and continued her study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
In the decades since, Deena Gu has become well-known and widely-acclaimed. Her art is displayed in private and public collections and shown in solo exhibitions and presentations throughout the United States and in China. Her subjects include landscapes, flowers and birds, as well as portraits. Her media include oils and acrylics on canvas and watercolor on silk and rice paper.
Deena’s preferred painting medium remains water color on silk. “When I paint on silk, I feel a strong communication with its texture. Its smoothness exhibits the most exquisite colors.” The late renowned Philadelphia artist, Sam Maitin said, “In painting watercolor on silk, I find that Deena Gu's command of the medium is extensive and eloquent. It has an imperial, regal quality. She handles it so deftly and so expertly.”
When: Friday, April 6
Time: 5:30 PM – Reception (Cash bar)
6:30 PM – Dinner, followed by Deena Gu
Place: Dune Golf and Tennis Club
949 Sand Castle Rd, Sanibel