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Rabbit no. 1, painting by Tang Hai Guo 744. Rabbit No. 1, original oil painting by Tang Hai Guo

The animals in Tang Hai Guo's animal series always have great expressions and attitude, of one form or another, on their faces, making them seem much more intelligent than the average animal.  This bunny has a tentative, yet knowing, look on his face.

Another feature of many of the paintings in this series is the cityscape in the far background.

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.
  $2,500   120x100cm  
               
"Girl with Dog": Xiangxiu hand-embroidered portrait 126. Girl with Dog (Black & White): Xiang Xiu hand-embroidered & lightly colored portrait

The focus, in this Chinese Xiangxiu style hand-embroidered black and white portrait, is on the detail that can be achieved with embroidery art: it looks like a photograph.  The little girl stands with her curly hair tossed by the wind, her dress rustling in the wind, and her eyes closed, as if relishing the cool breeze and the comfort of the puppy in her arms.  The details in the stripes of the bodice of her dress, the folds and creases where light and shadow come into play are simply awe-inspiring.  Even close up, it is difficult to discern the detail of the threading since the thread, itself, is so fine and is sewn so closely together.  The background, which has some light paint to make the demarcation between the lighter and darker part, giving the impression that the girl is standing in a field outdoors, is also covered with a repeated triangular cross-stitching that gives the picture the look of old crackled painting, from a distance.  All in all, it is truly a masterpiece of embroidery art.  Framed and matted under glass, as shown, 60 x 50 cm (shipped minus the glass).

To see more of the Xiangxiu embroidery art, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, online, please visit the Xiangxiu Embroidery Page.
  $600   60x50cm  
               
White Poplar Forest by Liu Meng 198. White Poplar Forest, original oil painting on canvas by Meng Liu (2009)

I, personally, have always loved white poplar forests.  I used to see them all along the highway, driving on the interstates of central Pennsylvania, and I see them, in China, now, in art.  Indeed, they have continued to be popular, apparently, with Chinese artists, as we have have another, painted by Xue Sheng Tan, from several decades ago.

It is done in an impressionistic style with bold brushstrokes, which was typical of Liu's earlier paintings.  It is a lovely, tranquil scene, done by a fine contemporary artist.

To see more of the art of Meng Liu (Liu Meng), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, online, please visit the Meng Liu Page.

  $5,300   35x27in

90x70cm
 
               
Sounds of Silence by Zhao Qian Xu 709. Sounds of Silence, pastel chalk on grit paper by Zhao Qian Xu (2005)

When I look at this beautiful work of art, I am reminded of two artists: DaVinci and Degas.  Degas was a master of pastels, and it takes a master to create such beautiful detail using pastel chalks.  On the other hand, the pose and the straight face remind me of the Mona Lisa, so, I guess this would be Xu's response to the Mona Lisa with a contemporary background.

It is a truly wonderful piece.
  $10,000   107x60cm  
               
Watercolor Tea: Xiangxiu Chinese hand-embroidery 144a. Watercolor - Tea: hand embroidered portrait

We liked this and another, in this series of several Xiangxiu style Chinese hand-embroidered reproductions of traditional Chinese watercolor paintings.  Its attraction lies in its soothing simplicity, like a Taoist poem.  In fact, the Chinese characters carry an old saying, in China, that advises you to keep an open heart and an open mind.

It measures 39 cm by 46 cm, and, as with most of the hand embroidered pictures that we offer in the Leona Craig catalogue, this one comes framed and matted under glass (shipped minus the glass).

To see more of the Xiangxiu embroidery art, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, online, please visit the Xiangxiu Embroidery Page.
 
  $250   46x39cm  
               
Metamorphosis 15, painting by Tang Hai Guo 782. Metamorphosis series number 15, original oil painting portrait by Tang Hai Guo

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 do, 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.

This one reminded me a bit of Edward G. Robinson, an American actor who played hoodlums, in movies in the first half of the 20th century. 

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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