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About the artist:
Aili Purdy was trained in traditional Chinese art in Beijing. She came to the UK in 2000, and currently lives in Portishead, where she founded the Oriental Art Studio, dedicated to making art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Aili teaches Mandarin Chinese and art in various schools, colleges and universities in Bristol and North Somerset.
This mural, commissioned by the Pure Offices and Portishead Railway Group as part of a campaign to reinstate the Portishead to Bristol railway line, draws on two of her main interests. Inspiration for this form of painting began with the rock paintings and murals she visited in China and Tibet.
This eventually led her to create large murals here in two local schools. The other interest developed in her work as a producer of TV documentaries for Sichuan China TV dealing with the education of children.