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Old Foreigner: original oil painting on canvas by Feng Wu Sui (Sui Feng Wu), 2007
In the U.S.. we might say: that man is Italian, or French, or Spanish, or Russian, if we were being slightly politically incorrect. Here, in China, everyone who looks not Chinese is referred to, simply, as foreigners: waiguo ren (outside country person), lao wai, or (Cantonese) gui lao, in Chinese and Cantonese. The Chinese simply do not have enough experience with outsiders to distinguish among differing foreign nationalities, or it's an us and them mentality, whichever.
Feng Wu Sui specializes in portraiture, and this is one of several of his portraits that we have chosen to display in the Leona Craig Art Gallery. It is a nicely done portrait of an old man of indeterminable national origin. He is dressed simply but brightly; the coloring of his skin suggests vitality; his face shows character. Indeed, beards and body hair are always fascinating to the Chinese, most of whom do not have the heavy body hair of someone, like me, who is of Mediterranean decent. The composition makes it appear as if he were caught walking down the street. Even, the stones of the wall, in the background, have character, and there brightness provides a nice backdrop against which to paint this man's portrait.
We have other paintings by Feng Wu Sui (Sui Feng Wu), in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line. To see more, just click on: Feng Wu Sui Page
Longzhou Rock, original oil painting by Tan Xue Sheng
To view more of the works of Tan Xue Sheng, on display, in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please visit the Tan Xue Sheng Pages.
Corner of the Village, original oil painting by Zhang Aimin (Dapu), 2012
We have a number of works by Dapu, in the Leona Craig Catalogue Gallery. To view them all, just click on: Dapu Page.
|Woman holding Cat, original oil painting
by Liang Yi Er
This is a very sweet painting of a girl and her cat. The contrasts of the deep red of her dress and the deep blues of the background with the bright white of her shirt and skin draw the eye to the center of the painting and her welcoming smile. The expression on the cat's face says, "I'm loved and protected."
The Sniper: original oil painting on canvas by Ri Dong Ou (2008)
Ri Dong Ou (Ou Ri Dong) likes to do pop culture art. In this one, he shows a young pretty Chinese girl in sniper attire, complete with sniper's rifle with telescopic site. She looks soft, yet serious. She is trekking through a forest, and she looks she is all business. Her garb has that soft feathered look, covering shiny surfaces, like has become so popular as sniper attire in recent Hollywood movies. All of that toughness and seriousness is juxtaposed against a foreground of delicate wildflowers, adding to its tongue-in-cheek composition.
The painting style is realistic, which is Ou's usual style, and the colors are true to life. It also shows Ou's abilities, not only as a good technical realistic painter but also as a fine painter of portraiture, which is also evident in the paintings that he has done of Hillary Clinton, which can be seen, along with other paintings of his, in the Leonoa Craig Art Gallery on-line, on the Ri Dong Ou Page.
Coconut Village, oil on
by Li Jin Ming (1972)
In 1972, Li went to Hainan Island, and stayed near Wuzhi Mountain. One morning he woke to see clear blue skies and the light shining on the coconut trees, and he was inspired to paint this scene. When he asked one of the farmers about the ladders and stands on the one tree, he was told that guards stay there for the night to guard against wild boars stealing coconuts. As China has now designated Hainan as a resort area for development, simple beauty, like this, is sure to fall by the wayside.
For more of the art of Li Jin Ming (Jin Ming Li; Jin Ming Lee), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on line, please visit the Jin Ming Lee Pages.
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