May 22, 2019

“Waves and Ripples” at Princeton Arts Council

“RELATIONSHIP”: This painting by Ting Ting Hsu is featured in “Waves and Ripples,” on exhibit June 1-29 at the Arts Council of Princeton. The show is a collaboration between local artists Hsu and Livia Mosanu. An Artist Talk is June 1 at 2:30 p.m., followed by an Opening Reception from 3 to 5 p.m.

On view June 1-29 at the Arts Council of Princeton, “Waves and Ripples” is a collaboration between two local painters, Ting Ting Hsu and Livia Mosanu, who share many similar life experiences. These experiences are reflected in the artists’ work, their interaction with the environment, and their community.

An Artist Talk is June 1 at 2:30 p.m., followed by an Opening Reception from 3 to 5 p.m.

According to the artists, “this project is a celebration of water and a metaphor for life and human emotions. Water is tumultuous, mysterious, and beautiful. Just like life, it comes in big unexpected waves and gentle calming ripples. We seek to capture these qualities on canvas and invite our viewers to take a moment and reflect on our connection with this vital natural resource. The exhibition also aims to foster a dialog regarding water as the quintessential component of life.”

Ting Ting Hsu utilizes her paintings to explore her surroundings and to find meaning in each subject’s own existence in the world. Often portraying the beauty that is commonly overlooked in daily objects and sceneries around her, she is able to capture dramatic emotions from the simplicity in her subjects. She takes the beauty in those briefest moments and puts them down on canvas to preserve the emotions of that moment forever.

Her work has been shown at art shows throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California. Her painting has won Best Show Award at the 2017 GSWS Members Exhibition and a 2015-2016 NYAA Academy Scholar Award. She earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. She is also committed to provide opportunities and nurture creativity for young people through her York Fine Arts in Bridgewater and Princeton.

Livia Mosanu is currently working on a series of large scale oil paintings in which she explores the connection between us and our surrounding bodies of water, in particular the Atlantic Ocean. Her work is inspired by unusual and meaningful rhythms that she finds in the water as well as her artistic imagination. These designs or compositions are meant to engage the viewers on a deeper level and allude to the mystery of the water and to the mystery of life itself.

A recent MFA graduate from the New York Academy of Art, she is influenced by contemporary artists such as April Gornik and Gerhard Richter as well as the Romantic artists of the 1800s. Her works are on exhibit in New York City and New Jersey and in many private collections worldwide. She is a finalist in the 8th​ International Painting Annual published by Manifest Gallery, and a recipient of grant awards from the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League. A native of Bucharest, Romania, she resides in Princeton.

The Arts Council of Princeton is located at 102 Witherspoon Street. For more information, call (609) 924-8777 or visit