My paintings in ink and watercolour and my prints mounted onto handmade paper reflect my interest in oriental art.
Initially academically trained in the traditions of Western Art, after a trip to China in the 1980s, I began doing East Asian painting in the literati style (painting by scholar-artists), then after retiring from my profession as a painting restorer I began to develop my printmaking skills; I also practice regularly life drawing.
My current work is a fusion of these interests. My artworks are often painted or printed onto handmade oriental papers and signed in the East Asian manner with red vermilion paste, often using an antique carved seal with my artist’s name Majingju.
As for many, the natural world is for me a source of joy, inspiration and restoration – a remedy for the busyness of our modern life.
After having studied art history and fine art at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, and then at Strasbourg University in France, I trained as a painting restorer at the Institut für Technologie der Malerie in Stuttgart, Germany, becoming Diplom Restorator in 1978. I was Assistant to the Director at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge from 1978 to 2007 where I was a painting restorer and taught painting restoration. I edited and wrote several books for the Hamilton Kerr Institute mainly on the history of European painting materials and techniques and on the restoration of paintings before I began developing my own artistic interests.
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Ann Massing, A Journey Eastwards: Reflections on Chinese Ink and Watercolour Paintings, Cam Rivers Publishing, 2018 (available from Cam Rivers Arts, Cambridge)
A book about my ink wash paintings has been published as part of the Cambridge Xu Zhimo Poetry and Art Festival held at King’s College, in August: Ann Massing, A Journey Eastwards: Reflections on Chinese Ink and Watercolour Paintings, Cam Rivers Publishing, 2018. It is available from Cam Rivers Arts (opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum) for £9.99; they also…