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Modern Tibetan Man: portrait by Dapu 190. Modern Tibetan Man: oil painting portrait by Dapu (Ai Min Zhang)

He wears his hair long but neat.  He has traditional beaded and braided headband on underneath a more fanciful modern cowboy hat.  He is a modern man from the Tibetan Plateau, in the region around the border between China and Tibet.  He looks rather dapper with his hat tilted on his head, and he exudes self-confidence.

It is a very nice portrait painting by Dapu (Zhang Ai Min), and it is a good representation of the Zang minority people who live in the region.  Indeed, it has the look of a portrait of an American Indian, and it reminds us that those first Americans came from this part of the world.  It also reminds us of a portrait of a Zang man by Jian Bai Xu that we also have available, in the Leona Craig Catalogue Art Gallery.  The brushwork is wonderful, the colors are bright and beautiful, and Dapu has not let us down with this display of his talent in portraits.

Dapu, Ai Min Zhang, is a talented,  relatively undiscovered artist who we recently discovered and who displays talents in a number of venues and styles.  He is honing his talents by exploring life on the border between China and Tibet, and he has brought us some wonderful, expressive chronicles of life, from there, in his paintings, which show thoughtfulness, in their topics, and ability, in their presentation. 

We offer several works by Dapu, in the Leona Craig Catalogue Art Gallery.  To see other offerings and paintings, just click on: The Dapu Page.
 
  $500   40x50cm  
               
picture of "Red Leaf Fall (large): hand-embroidered landscape 129. Red Leaf Fall (large): Xiang Xiu hand embroidered landscape

This beautiful fall scene is so intricate in its design that it takes almost three-quarters of a year to complete (sorry, we are trying to get a better photo of this one; the colors are more like those in the photo of the next one).  Its colors are so vibrant that they can hardly be captured properly in these photographs, but you will be able to appreciate the detail.  The trees seem so real, made even more true to life with the depth in the structure of their trunks, a play of light, shadow, and variegated color, with their well-shaped branches, and with their colorful leaves that also carpet the surroundings.  Look closer and you will see little wisps of grass along the stream's edge.  On the larger scale, it is difficult to fathom that reflections of the trees and stream bank  could be so realistically reflected in the stream that runs through the center of the picture using embroidered stitching.  This landscape, done in the Xiangxiu style of Chinese embroidery, comes available in two sizes; this larger one measures 155 x 81 cm framed and matted under glass.  Because of the size, it will be dismantled and shipped rolled for you to have remounted.

To see more of the Xiangxiu style embroidery art, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, online, please, visit the Xiangxiu Embroidery Page.

  $2,499   155 x 81 cm
               
Long Men Shi Ku by Jin Ming Li 603. Long Men Shi Ku (Dragon Gate Grottoes), painting by Jin Ming Li (1979)

Long Men Shi Ku is one of three locations, in China, which are considers to be sculptural treasures.  This one has large stone carving of Buddhas, deities, and other figures, in grottoes carved out of limestone.  It is in Luoyang, in Henan Province, along the Yi River and has over 2,300 carved caves and 100,000 sculptures, the first of which was done in 462 A.D., and work continued on past the Tang Dynasty. 

Li painted this while taking a boat tour of the complex.  Although one might think that the elongated figures are his expressionism, in reality, the figures carved in the earlier period were more elongated and abstract, themselves, while those carved in the Tang Dynasty were more full figured and lively.

The grottoes are part of China's history, and this painting was done during the period that China was opening up and Li's style was changing to more abstract expressionism from impressionism.

We have other works by Jin Ming Lee available in the Leona Craig Gallery.  See the Jin Ming Lee Page.

  $4,200   53x42cm  
               
Pioneer, painting by Tang Hai Guo   Pioneer, original oil painting by Tang Hai Guo

Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps is an expression we are all familiar with.  In China, many people have gotten ahead by relying on connections, corruption and speculation, not hard work.

This painting is a tribute to those who have become successful on their own, through their own invention and the sweat of their brows.  Every journey begins with a first step, so, strap on your boots and get moving!

To see more of the art of Tang Hai Guo, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, on-line, please visit the Tang Hai Guo Page.
  $2,100   80x80cm  
               
Persimmon, Grapefruit and Oranges, Tan Xuesheng 759. Persimmons, Grapefruit, and Oranges, original painting by Tan Xue Sheng

Persimmons, Grapefruit and oranges are among the common tropical fruits found in southern China.

The colors are just lovely in this still life.

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.

  $19,000   55x41cm  
               
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