Young, Hostallero open series of art shows

Owners and operators of Ship Store Galleries kick off a series of winter art shows on Saturday, with an Asian art exhibition featuring artists Caroline Young and Gary Hostallero, the owners said in a press release.

An artists’ reception is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with entertainment and refreshments.

The gallery is located in the Coconut Marketplace in Waipouli.

Featured in this year’s exhibition are Young’s “Children of the Chinese Zodiac,” a series in progress that eventually will consist of 24 hand-embellished miniature prints.

“I will do an image of a girl and a boy for each year of the Chinese astrological calendar,” explained Young.

The astrological component is also part of Hostallero’s artistic portfolio.

The artist offers paintings combining family name, astrological sign and crest.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Young perfected the delicate technique of traditional Chinese brush-painting under the guidance of the world’s most skilled practitioners, including Hawai‘i’s own famed master of the technique, Lam Oi Char.

During the past three decades, Young’s mastery of this painstaking method of painting is brilliantly evident in her poignant compositions, which typically feature characters of ancient China.

“This is the period that my mother told me stories about when I was a small child,” Young said. “So, in a sense, my paintings inevitably express the visions of my youth,” explains Young. Young will unveil a group of new works on silk, including several new paintings in her Chinese astrological series.

“My art is a combination of East and West, Eastern in technique and materials, as well as subject matter, but Western in color palette,” said Young.

While Young devotes her considerable talents to the poetic side of China’s past, Hostallero uses multiple forms of expression to depict the intriguing world of Japan’s shogun era. Hostallero, of Filipino-Chinese ancestry, uses delicate, fine-tipped brushes to render precise detail, but is not afraid to utilize other mediums to achieve his objective.

“I enjoy experimenting with various forms of media, from pen and ink, watercolor, acrylics to air brushing with fine particles of gold mica,” he explains.

Both Young and Hostallero practice a very labor-intensive form of artistic expression, in fact so exacting in its execution that some highly detailed compositions can require more than 800 hours to complete.

For more information about the Young-Hostallero exhibition, contact Ship Store Galleries at 822-4999, or see the Web site, www.shipstoregalleries.com.

The gallery is open seven days a week.

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