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Painting from the heart

AN actress, scriptwriter, fashion designer and producer, the multi-talented Kelly Kan is also a painter and sculptor.

An exhibition featuring Kan's canvases, sculpture and installation art is underway at the Shengling Art Gallery in Red Town.

"I cannot interpret my paintings in words," says Kan for whom art is her latest career. "I can only appreciate the inspirations life has brought me."

Kan says she was "sensually touched" when she saw the works of street painters in Montmartre in Paris in 2005. The next year she painted her first work, a naked woman on horseback.

Since she was untrained in art, Kan decided to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. But she did not steep herself in traditional training, she launched into her own style of creation.

In late 2008, she produced her first painting series, "Environmental Protection," recycling discarded materials. She took old newspapers, withered flowers, candles, buttons, beads, underwear and bits of metal and spangles and overlaid them with paint, giving them new color, texture and meanings.

The spotlight of the current exhibition is "Heart" created last year and inspired by her trip to the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Kan, who is a Buddhist, has read extensively, including the Vajracchedika Sutra and Heart Sutra. This may explain the heart-shaped symbols appearing in her paintings, with ever-changing "hearts" in different colors and materials.

Date: through July 31, 10am-5pm

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