Wall Art: Page 43
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|784.||Ripe Bananas, original oil
painting by Jian Wei Shen
In Guangdong, bananas are so common that one notices banana trees, even inside the cities. The large broad leaves are the give away, but after one realizes what a banana tree looks like, one notices theme every where. The street behind the highrise apartment we used to live in, in Guangzhou, was, in fact lined with them.
The colors in this painting are very pleasing to the eye, and it is a wonderfully executed work.
To see more of the art of Shen Jian Wei, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, on line, please visit the Jian Wei Shen Pages.
The Old Fisherwoman: original painting oil on canvas by Jian Bai Xu (1955)
This painting is a Jian Bai Xu (Xu Jian Bai) signature painting. It is in the genre of the honest realism of many of the impressionists, particularly Van Gogh. Indeed, it has the look of a Van Gogh. It is an example of what she was taught about art by Lin Feng Mian of the Hangzhou school of Chinese oil painting.
A simple fisher woman sits inside an old shed by the docks, in a small port city of China. Her face tells of her life. And because Jian Bai Xu learned that it is not beauty but truth that makes a painting more precious, she has conveyed the feelings of the life of the fisherwoman in this portrait. Catching and selling fish is not a particularly glamorous life. The sun and surf, too, take their toll on ones looks. Yet she seems, not ashamed, but slightly proud, perhaps, resigned to her life but not apologetic. Although her face displays the hardships of her life, and she is plainly dressed, her silver and jade bracelets belie a life of poverty and suggest that she has achieved some modicum of wealth from all of her hard work.
This wonderful piece was done in the 1950's after Xu had spent time, in the West, exploring the techniques of Western artists and the colors of their palettes. For us, it is a true masterpiece, lifting Jian Bai Xu to the height of great Chinese impressionist artist.
We have other works by Jian Bai Xu, in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line. To view them all, just click on: Jian Bai Xu Page
The Sea: original watercolor painting by Jin Ming Lee (1981)
This is another of the small paintings that Jin Ming Li has kept as a keepsake and had only been included in one of the books of his paintings until he recently agreed to let us have some of them at Leona Craig Art. The colors are dark, as it is dusk, and the topic is one of what has proven to be his favorite: the sea and boats. More importantly, this is the period in which Li began to paint in a more expressionistic style, as he was feeling more freedom in his art after Deng Xiao Ping took over after Mao's death.
We appreciate that he has finally chosen to share some of the paintings that he made, over the years, that chronicle his travels, much like others of us have our scrapbooks of photos.
To see more of the works of Jin Ming Li (Li Jin Ming), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Jin Ming Lee Pages.
|727.||Large Peonies on Scroll hand Xiangxiu embroidery
Swear to Change Prison into Paradise: original oil painting on canvas by Yi Xing
This is the final painting in a suite of four, which Ma painted to describe his feelings of moving from Hangzhou to Shanghai, in the mid-1990's, all of which are currently available through the Leona Craig Art Gallery. They are dark, surrealistic, and deconstructed.
This final painting is about love: changing what could be a prison into a glorious paradise, symbolized as two people intertwined and on the move (love the sneaker on the foot of the man). In the background can be seen a river cityscape: visions of the final move to Shanghai
We offer the entire suite of four for $240,000.
For more of the art of Yi Xing Ma (Ma Yi Xing), including the other three of the series, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Yi Xing Ma Page.
|762.||Summer Heat, original oil painting by
Tang Hai Guo
His son bought him an apartment at the beach to show off to his friends, but to save money, he bought one on the backside of the building, away from the sea breeze. The heat in southern China is always tough to bear, usually about 9 out of the 12 months of the year. Here he sits in his chair with no shirt, a light hanging down from the ceiling with no lampshade, as is typical in many households, still, here, watching TV, and fanning himself. The writing on the wall in the background laments that the typhoon never came: even though typhoons pose danger, at least they have cooling winds [typhoon is from the Chinese, tai feng, much wind].
Tang Hai Guo takes his inspiration from figurative artists and expressionism, and we think that, in this one, he has made a really cool statement of social commentary about life in Southern China, in a really fun and different way.
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.
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