Our profiles

We are a couple of experienced Chinese Brush painters with a wide range of skills and interests. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

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Claire Seaton

Chinese Brush Painting tutor & artist

After a teaching career covering 35 years or more, I am now concentrating on tutoring Chinese Brush Painting. I enjoy painting animals and still life in particular and am a great admirer of the work of Qi Baishi and Fu Hua. I have been tutoring at Knuston Hall since 2018.

I first became interested in Chinese Brush Painting about 20 years ago when I had the good fortune to become one of Pauline Cherrett’s students at Knuston Hall. I then studied with her for the next 18 years and she asked me to take over the course at Knuston when she retired. I feel very lucky to be able to pass on my love of CBP to others.

Email me: clscbp@googlemail.com

I have studied with a variety of talented teachers over the years, including Qu Lei Lei, Jane Evans, Maggie Cross, Kaili Fu, Professor Li, Shuhua Jin, Jane Dwight to name but a few.

I have exhibited and sold my work locally, and have even curated two exhibitions in my time, for the groups to which I belonged. My work has even sold nationally on occasions. My paintings have been selected for several years to appear in the calendar of the Chinese Brush Painters Society, on whose committee I had the honour of serving.

I now enjoy being a visiting tutor to groups around the country and often work in tandem with Paul as we have differing but complementary styles and skills.

Paul playing the Er Hu

Paul Maslowski

Chinese Brush Painting tutor & artist

I have always been interested in oriental arts. However, it was not until 1996 when I saw someone demonstrating at the Leicester Chinese Community Centre that I began to study Chinese Brush in earnest. As this interest grew I found myself incredibly fortunate in 1998 to be able to begin to study Chinese Calligraphy with a talented Taiwanese artist, Su-Liang Tseng, who was working on his PhD in Leicester, England.

Email me: pmcbp1@gmail.com

In 2000, Professor Tseng began to instruct me in Chinese Brush Painting as well as continuing to help me with Chinese Calligraphy. He also enthused me further about Chinese poetry and culture. I have since studied, and continue to study, Calligraphy and Painting with Taiwanese, Chinese and European artists. I enjoy Chinese Brush Painting, Calligraphy, and writing poetry.

Su-Liang and I painting Landscapes at Sir Jonathan North
Su-Liang and I painting Landscapes at Sir Jonathan North

In 2003 my first international Chinese Brush Painting exhibition started in Taiwan before touring the world taking in the cities of Krakow, Paris and Houston among others. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 there were further exhibitions in Taiwan. In 2006 I was awarded Best Chinese Brush Painting in an English National competition. I have also received the album of my 4th International Chinese Brush Painting exhibition in Taiwan and Spain.

As a member of Leicestershire Traditional Chinese Brush Painters (LTCBP) I exhibited works in March 2008 in Oadby, Leics as well as giving a talk about CBP. As an honorary member of East Midlands Chinese Brush Painters I exhibited in West Bridgford, Notts during that year. As an honorary member of Grendon Brush Painters, I also exhibited in Wellingborough, Northants throughout July 2008. There was a further exhibition in Wollaston in August. In June 2009 I submitted paintings for the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust Open Art show starting in Leicester and touring Hinckley, Oakham and Loughborough. In October & November of that year I displayed works as part of a further exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, organised by Professor Tseng.

In more recent years I have returned to basics in order to improve my core skills. I have also been honoured to be invited to exhibit at various Art Exhibitions around the country as well as tutoring all sorts of subjects for painting groups studying Oriental and Western painting.

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