On June 5th, 2014, the 39th Annual Exhibition of the Association for All Nippon Gourd Fanciers was held in the Tobe-Town Bunkakaikan in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan. “Glamour of the Gourd---Gourd Culture Tour along the Silk Road” Exhibition as a specially invited activity last two days, attracting many gourd culture lovers and local residents.
The Annual Exhibition of the Association for All Nippon Gourd Fanciers is the largest gourd culture and art exchange event in Japan, with over 350 gourd artworks and products displayed this year, covering gourd planting and breeding, gourd craftwork and processing, etc. The flower and bird paintings about gourd from Chinese painters displayed in an especially-made exhibition area have become a highlight of the exhibition.
During the two-day exhibition, a total of twenty pieces of flower-and-bird paintings about gourd by Hu Lu were exhibited. The unique composition, color and artistic feature of Chinese ink and wash paintings were fully displayed in his work, revealing the harmony between human and nature and were thus highly appreciated by viewers.
Over one thousand local residents have come to see the freehand gourd paintings exhibition. Among them, a lady fluent in Chinese showed great interest in Hu Lu’s paintings. While listening to the introduction, she appreciated each work to the full and highly praised the paintings. She said she would find a chance to go to Qufu (birthplace of Confucius) someday to learn traditional Chinese culture and exchange ideas about art face to face with Hu Lu.