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Happy Life: pen on paper by Ma Yi Xing 637. Happy Life: original ink painting on paper by Yi Xing Ma (2007)

Yi Xing Ma says that having a good woman and a dog (female, of course) makes for a happy life (he says it's a Chinese thing, but our observation is that many Chinese are actually afraid of dogs).  In this surrealistic ink on paper he celebrates that lifestyle with his vision of a beautiful girl with red lipstick, long hair and sexy outfit.  The dog is his VIP dog, a miniature poodle named Guibing (the Chinese prefer smallish dogs), who is shown, in real life, on the hyperlink page.

Ma has done a number of works in this medium, and this is the first that we have chosen to include in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line.

I couldn't agree more with this outlook of what a happy life is.

To view more of the art of Yi Xing Ma (Ma Yi Xing), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Yi Xing Ma Page.
 
  $17,000   47x71in

120x180cm
 
               
Prosperity Blooms, painting by Tang Hai guo 799. Prosperity Blooms, original oil painting by Tang Hai Guo (2012)   $2,800   120x100cm  
               
Goatherd by Zhao Qian Xu 694. The Goatherd: original oil painting on canvas by Zhao Qian Xu (2008)

Xu likes to paint in a less than realistic style.  In this night time portrait of a Zang minority goat herder, the feel is on the surrealistic side.  Although it is dark outside, the goats appear almost as if they are in the spotlight; some of them hardly connected to the ground.

The woman, too, in her brightly-colored traditional clothing, seems like she is also lit up, and the colors of her dress seem to pour into the ground at her feet; the goat in front of her blends into her dress.  It is as though it is all just apparition.

We always appreciate the talent of Zhao Qian Xu, and this slightly eerie portrait is a fine example of his work and his ability as an artist.

To see more of the art of Zhao Qian Xu (Xu Zhao Qian), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery online, please visit the Zhao Qian Xu Page.
 
  $24,000   55x47in

140x120cm
 
               
Sentient Beings 9, painting by Zhang Zhen Jiang   Sentient Beings no. 9, original oil painting by Zhang Zhen Jiang (2010)

Ashes to ashes; dust to dust.  You and I are a part of the boundless universe: created from the dust of that universe.  And our lovely voices, our happy faces and our exceptional talent will, one day, again return to dust.

In this painting from his Sentient Being series, he represents sentient beings in the infinite universe in a very abstract manner, many, as just dabs of paint, while some have slightly discernible faces.

We liked this one for its muted colors and abstract representation.

To see more of the works of Zhang Zhen Jiang, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery online, please, visit the Zhang Zhen Jiang Pages.
  $12,000   158x88cm  
               
               
Little Creek, painting by Tan Xue Sheng 678. Little Creek, original oil painting by Tan Xue Sheng (1963)

As a student of Lin Feng Mian, Tan was taught to bring emotion into his art, like the impressionists did.  Lin, having worked in Paris, during the time that Impressionism was being replaced by the more modern movements of art, was exposed to a variety of styles, which were also imparted to his students. 

In fact, much of Tan's earlier works were done in a more realistic style, and he was more impressionistic in his style, later in his career.  However, in this work, from the early 1960's, we see a style more like that of Cezanne, especially, also in the colors.  The mountains have a very Chinese character, and the several story building, on the left is like some old buildings, still standing today, in southern China.
To see more of the art of Tan Xue Sheng, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Tan Xue Sheng Pages.

  $19,000   39.5x55.2cm  
               
Metamorphosis 9, painting by Tang Hai Guo 738. Metamorphosis 9, original oil painting by Tang Hai Guo

In his metamorphosis series, Tang uses the boldest, most colorful lines.  We liked the sneer on his face, the colors, and the fanciful clothing.

In Tang's metamorphosis series, he is pointing to the changes that people undergo because of materialism and greed, which are big problems in modern Chinese society.  Just like a hanger will change its shape when too much weight is hung on it, people will change with the stress that the current society puts on them to earn enough money to live like normal people, in the rest of the world.

Having gone through the hardships of the great famine of half a century ago and the ravages of the cultural revolution of Mao, the society has been left with collective fear of not having enough and the envy of those who have accumulated so much since those times.  Those things have caused greed to run rampant, but greed changes a person on both the inside and the outside.

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   120x90cm  
               
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