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Mediterranean Harbor: original oil painting on canvas by Jin Ming Lee
Who would have thought that I would travel to China, only to find a harbor scene from my native Mediterranean region? As you may not know, the Chinese are fascinated by other cultures, as they have had limited contact with them during much of the last century. Chinese artists who have been around for the last several decades are lucky, and some have gone abroad to study, to work, or to stay. Therefore, you might just as well get a scene from China or from somewhere else, in the world, from a contemporary Chinese artists. This harbor scene from the Mediterranean Sea by Jing Ming Lee (Jin Ming Li) is a charming example. Having been born in Hong Kong, Jing Ming Lee is one of the more international of the modern Chinese artists and has achieved international recognition. Moreover, his painting techniques are comparable to any artists that you might come across in Europe or the U.S. Indeed, the brushwork, in this piece, is simply amazing, either up close or at a distance, and the picture of the painting could never hope to do it justice. It has the masterful brushstrokes of Impressionism, yet the more brooding tones of the earlier Dutch. Monet prided himself in his brushstrokes, in water, and Li Jin Ming can take pride in his, in this work.
We offer several works by Jin Ming Lee (Li Jin Ming), in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line. To see our current offerings, just click on: Jin Ming Lee Page
The Herders: original oil painting on canvas by Dapu (Ai Min Zhang)
Dapu, aka Ai Min Zhang (Zhang Ai Min), is an up-and-coming artists, so it is an opportune time to buy his works. His mentor is the famous painter-philosopher Zheng Tian Li (Li Zhen Tian), who gave him his name, which means "without guile", and his style is like that of a young Guang Zhi Zhang (Zhang Guang Zhi). Dapu has moved to Qinghai, in the mountains next to Tibet to chronicle the life and natural scenic beauty of the area. Indeed, not many artists have dared to venture into the high-altitude of that area, so paintings are relatively rare. We especially loved this one because of its balance and the unusual pose of the herder girl, in the foreground, which reminds us, a little, of dancers in a Degas painting. Her simple, yet colorful, native clothing makes her stand out against and complement the colors of the background, and the colors of the wild flowers help to fix our attention on her. One little lamb looks on, curiously, as the herder goes about her work, in the field, and has a wonderful expression on his face. He also helps to lead our eye back to the center of the painting where a larger flock of sheep acts to anchor the center and to lead our eye back around to the other details. Behind the flock, on the right, a woman stands by the tents: details include laundry strung up on lines of rope. There are cattle resting in front and more sheep to the side, and in the far background at the base of the mountain, on the left, is the remainder of the herd. In sum, it is a wonderful painting and shows the potential of this young artist who we discovered at a recent art event. We believe this artist's work has great potential for appreciation, as he is gifted, yet relatively undiscovered.
We have several paintings by Dapu, in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line. To see them all, just click on: The Dapu Page
|808.||Look Right, original figurative oil
painting portrait by Tang Hai Guo (2012)
Today's society is fairly well-informed, even with the censorship that is clamped on China's news outlets and internet. However, most will just follow along with the crowd, and when it comes to hard decisions, they will simply choose to go left when going right would require perseverance and courage.
We appreciate Tangs truly contemporary commentary about life in modern China, and we love his colorful figurative portraiture style.
To see more of the art of Tang Haiguo, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery online, please visit the Tang Hai Guo Pages.
|628.||Washington Bridge: original oil painting
by Xue Sheng Tan (2006)
By the 1990's, Xue Sheng Tan and his artist wife, Jian Bai Xu, moved, permanently, to America. Thus, this, like other paintings from them, in their later years, is one of their scenes from America, as seen by two seasoned Chinese impressionist artists.
To see more of the art of Tan Xue Sheng, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Tan Xue Sheng Pages.
|A Birdie Flew Across the Sky, composite
materials on wood by Zhang Zhn Jiang (2005)
Badminton is still a big sport in China, and you can see people playing everywhere without a net, even. Indeed, most of the racquets have broken strings, like the one in this painting. There is even a big badminton birdie factory, with a giant sculpture of a birdie in front of it, outside of Guangzhou on the highway that I take to the university where I teach.
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.
|666.||Persistence, original oil painting by
Liang Yi Er
Songbirds are a part of Chinese culture, and there are songbird markets, as this one shown here. Indeed you can see people taking their songbirds in cages to the parks, so that they can twitter and sing to one another.
Of course, where there are birds, you will find cats, and we love the way Liang has included the cats, sitting patiently by the cages, waiting to see if, maybe, somehow, someday, they might just catch a meal. Persistence will get you places.
To see more of the art of Liang Yi Er, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery online, please visit the Liang Yi Er Pages.
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