The Toronto Zoo is now selling my framed Limited Edition Prints at their gift shop. These special prints are custom designed with the names of the Toronto pandas Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. Do visit the zoo if you have time
A pair of baby pandas were born in Toronto, and there was a public vote being held for their names. The Toronto Zoo commissioned me to produce three hundred custom signed limited edition prints as gifts for the guests at the VIP Event on March 7, 2016 (today) introducing the panda cubs and revealing their names.
I signed a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement with the zoo not to release any info until the event which was held earlier today. The VIP guests included the Canadian Prime Minister, Chinese Ambassador, Ontario Premier, Toronto Mayor and more...
Artwork by : Tai Oi Yee 戴愛兒
Title: Good Things Come In Pairs 好事成双
Website: http://oystudio.com Here is my print with the names of the panda cubs, Jia Panpan 加盼盼 and Jia Yueyue 加悦悦 , and the note that the zoo asked me to write about the inspiration behind the artwork. The original painting is sitting behind the desk of the zoo's CEO.
Here is the other panda painting of mine which is now hanging outside the boardroom of the Toronto Zoo.
It is titled " Happiness Is Getting Along ", inspired by the Chinese saying 樂也融融. I created 5 pandas representing the 5 continents, symbolizing the ethnic mix in Toronto. Each panda is in a different pose but all having fun. The message behind the painting is that this world would be a much happier place if we can all accept our differences and get along in harmony.
I got the scrolls back from the ICCPS international exhibition in China, together with the exhibition book, the award I got and a set of brushes.
My paintings of were exhibited at the Anshan City Pulic Cultural Centre in Liaoning, China.
The Fifth ICCPS International Exhibition in China is held by the International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painters' Society. Oi Yee is one of the invited artists and her paintings were exhibited along with art from master sumi-e painters from China, Japan, United States, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Croatia and Argentina.
This painting won the Anshan Youth Activity Centre Award