Travel Art: Lady He (He Xiangu) of the Eight Immortals

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Lady He (He Xiangu) of the Eight Immortals is a gouache painting by Dave Alber, Travel Artist.

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Gouache on paper
10.25 x 7″ (27.3 x 18.41 cm)

How intimate are your encounters with legend, myth, and spiritual mystery? What services and ceremonies have you joined? Who are the heroes of myth and religion that you most identify with? Are there any characters from foreign myth and legend that always make you smile?

“Lady He is the only female of the 8 Taoist Immortals. I visited a shrine to He Xiangu in Henan, China as described in the article Ancestors and Immortals. In legend Lady He is a celibate physician and an inspirational figure for practitioners of Chinese Medicine.”

Lady He (He Xiangu) of the Eight Immortals was published in Dave Alber’s article “Ancestors and Immortals: a Foreigner’s Introduction to Ching Ming Festival” which appeared in Suzhou, China’s Open Magazine, Issue 138, April 2018.

Dave exhibited this painting in the 2018 – 2019 exhibition INTIMATIONS at KunChef in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China.

Fine art print collectors click HERE for a fine art print of this painting.

Lady He (He Xiangu) of the Eight Immortals is featured in the art book Dave Alber: Travel Art: INTIMATIONS.

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Dave Alber creates Travel Art and Travel Writing. His Travel Art shares an experience of wonder at our cultural continuity and universal humanity. His recent Travel Art exhibitions INTIMATIONS and Ravages of Time & Permanence of Wonder are in Kunshan and Suzhou, China respectively. Dave’s comic art and illustrations have appeared recently in That’s ShanghaiSuzhou ReviewShaving in the Dark, Open Magazine, and Nepali Renaissance. His comic “Bedding Shanghai” was featured in the Shanghai International Literary Festival. You can receive Dave’s art book Dave Alber: Travel Art: 2018 Part 1: Intimations for free at Dave’s longer Bio and Artist Statement is here.

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Get Your Free Copy of my Travel Art book: INTIMATIONS

  • 23 paintings reflecting adventures in China, Myanmar, and Nepal
  • four travel articles
  • two pages of hand painted comic art
  • and one delicious recipe for cooking Mandarin Fish
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What readers say about Travel Art: INTIMATIONS:

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“Creative expression from travel impressions married to art.”

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