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Pan He & Fen Sculpture Exhibition Opening (Pt. 1), Guangzhou English Channel, Aug 25, 2011

Pan He & Fen Sculpture Exhibition Opening (Pt. 2)
, Guangzhou English Channel, Aug 26, 2011

Pan He and Craig Mattoli

He Pan (Pan He; 潘鹤) Bio

Pan He is another of the great Guangdong artists.  Born into a well to do family, in 1925, before Mao came to power, he had the chance to travel and explore outside of China.  His idols are, in fact, not Chinese: Michelangelo and Rodin.  As a young boy, he already began making art, and at the age of 13 when his father said he should get a mentor to help hone his artistic skills, he told his father that the only one who could teach him was already dead for several hundred years: Michelangelo.  In addition to sculpture, he also does watercolor painting, in the style of the West.
His work came to Mao's attention at the national art exhibition, in 1952.  As a result, he was asked to make a sculpture of Mao for Mao's hometown.  His concept pictured Mao, as a youth with longer hair.  His commentary in doing that was to picture Mao when he was an idealistic youth, leaving Hunan to join the revolution in Guangdong, before becoming a tyrant.  When he was asked to change it, he refused.  Then, when making the sculpture of Mao that was awaiting assembly, he was accused of desecrating Mao, was put in prison, and was made to kneel in broken glass, and beaten regularly.  Even then, he said he would not bow or grovel.

Today he is known as the Michelangelo and the Rodin of China.  His larger works are prominently displayed in many cities in China, including Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing, as well as major cities in many other countries.  His rams sculpture is the symbol of Guangzhou.  His sculpture of a fisher girl (shown, below) is a famous site on a rock in the ocean, off Zhuhai.  His bull sculpture is the symbol of Shenzhen.  Several sculpture parks are already dedicated to his work, in Guangzhou, and the province has just broken ground for a huge sculpture park and museum site for work.  He tells us that friends clip items from the press for him to put in his scrap books, and, last year, alone, they clipped about 700 separate articles.  He tells us that he creates art, only when he has something to say, although what he says is subtly veiled, so that the local authorities do not really pick up on it.

Several years ago when he was ill and bed-ridden, he spent the time creating small busts of men and women, turning out fifty original pieces, in all, some of which are now in our gallery collection.  He tells us that colleagues and friends at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art ask him why he still can be seen working in his studio into the wee hours when he doesn't have to, and he tells them that it's not work: it's fun.  He is everything that we think an artist should be.  We are excited to be able to include some of his smaller works in our gallery collection.

You can read more about Pan He on our recent blog entry about him.  We also recently had a visit at the gallery by Pan He, and he took us for a tour of his new sculpture garden, dedicated to him by Guangzhou.  You can see some of the sculptures included in his garden on our blog Visiting Pan He.

2009 - First National Arts Lifetime Achievement Award by the Central Ministry of Culture

1988 - Young Experts with Outstanding Contributions Award by the State Council; National May1 Labor Medal by the National Labor Federation

Some of the sculpture by Pan He, included in our collection are original bronzes of artist's proofs (initial design models), which were made in small numbers and are unnumbered.  We also have some 1-of-9 bronzes of final versions of the sculpture, which are made by the Pan Family and guaranteed to a maximum number of nine (to give you a reference point, on that, there were 10 copies made of Rodin's "Thinker", in the larger size).

You can see more photos on our Pan He Sculpture Page on Facebook.  We also have work by his son, also a sculptor, Pan Fen.
 Yuan Chonghuan, sculpture by Pan He Einstein, sculpture by Pan He Deadwood, sculpture by Pan He at Leona Craig Art Mao Zedong by Pan He Hakka Mother, Pan He, Leona Craig Art
fiher girl by Pan He Guangzhou ram sculpture by Pan He Pan Fen and Pan He at Leona Craig Art Gallery Shenzhen Spirit by Pan He tough times by Pan He
Pan He Sculptures bronze sculptures at Pan He's apartment Modern Chinese woman by Pan He Pan He and Cao Chong En sculptures Xinjiang, sculpture by Pan He
Pan He at Leona Craig Art Gallery Pan He and Mao at Leona Craig Art Gallery Pan He and Liberation at Leona Craig Art Pan He and Happy Together at Leona Craig Art
Leona Craig Art staff with Yuan Chong Huan Pan He and Yuan Chong Huan at Leona Craig Art Pan He and The Helmsman at Leona Craig Art Craig Mattoli and Pan He at Leona Craig Art
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