It is fitting that on the Chinese New Year, a New London gallery is showcasing the works of Charles Chu, an artist who started the Chinese studies program at Connecticut College.
Chu’s family chose the pieces for the gallery very carefully. They represent Chu’s life’s work as a master painter and calligrapher known for his sweeping water colors.
“He just loved to experiment and find beauty in things he would paint,” said Lee Cole Chu, his son.
From the classic Chinese brush work in one of his pieces, a view of his parents’ lakeside cabin in Maine, to his more experimental works, Chu was a creative artist.
The Tao of Charles Chu is now on display at The Gallery at Firehouse Square in downtown New London. Works from his private collection are showcased, including a piece bearing his motto: “Don’t worry, don’t procrastinate, don’t be confused. Set your own goals, respect yourself, and trust your own judgment.”
Chu passed away five years ago, and his wife Bettie passed just months later. Their children are proud to honor the Chinese New Year with this exhibit.
“All I can say is it’s really so fundamental as to be indescribable,” Lee Cole Chu said. “I try to live up to my dad and my mother.”
22 of the paintings in the showing are for sale.