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Mango and Lichee Nuts, original oil painting by Tan Xue Sheng (1991)
Done, a year before Tan moved to America, this still life contains two of the most common fruits, in Guangdong Province. Zengcheng, about an hour east of Guangzhou, is quite famous for its lichee nits, which are really a fruit. Lichees (lizhi, in Chinese), have a rough red skin that needs to be pealed off; inside is an extremely sweet, juicy white fruit.
The colors are nice, and the style is from the period in Tan's career when he became more impressionistic in his colors and style.
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.
The Corn Barn: original oil painting on canvas by Guang Zhi Zhang (2007)
In China, stone and brick are still the common materials used to build structures of all sorts. When you tour the countryside, you will see many tall brick smokestacks, the sign of a brickyard, marking wood-fired kilns. The farm, in this lovely, colorful painting, has a two-story red brick storage barn for its corn, stacks of which you can see on the second floor, and other stone structures are still in the making. It also has the hilly terrain that is so common, in China, and, as is also the case, in much of China, good use is made of the most unlikely land for a farm. There are barnyard animals around the wall and some ducks in the stream, below.
Having gotten his start painting for Mao Zedong, Guang Zhi Zhang, later, studied trompe l'oeil under the famous French master, Claude Yvel, and his paintings vary, in style, from very realistic to softer impressionistic. This painting is done in an impressionistic style with bright colors and nice brushstrokes: full of color and life.
See more art by Guang Zhi Zhang (Zhang Guang Zhi) on the Guang Zhi Zhang Page of the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line.
The Foot of Tai Han Mountain,
original oil painting
by Li Jin Ming (1974)
Dazhai was a poor village, in Shanxi Province. In 1964, Mao made a collective farm here from all the little farms. The farmers were tasked to dig channels from the mountain top to bring mountain stream water down the mountain and terraced plots were carved into the side of the mountain and hydroelectric stations were built along the course of the descending stream. The project took sixteen years to complete, and it was used as a model for other collective activities around China. As a result, the crop output increased sevenfold. Li put the trees in the foreground as a symbol of hope.
The colors are wonderful and it is a picture from
Maoist China history.
|Mizhi Women and Suide Men, original
watercolor painting by Zhang Zhenjiang (2010)
Shanbei is the name given to the northern part of Shaanxi Province and is located on the Loess Plateau. It also includes the birthplace of the Chinese Communist Revolution.
In this region, the women of Mizhi are said to be the most beautiful, intelligent and gracious, while the men of Suide are said to be the strongest, smartest and most handsome.
Zhang was completely swept away by the charm of the region. The sky was vast, the ground was a muddy yellow, and old wine and red flowers could be found everywhere. It is his dream to return to that paradise, some day.
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.
Portrait of a Zang Man: original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu,
In our minds, some portraiture throughout art history had a contrived feel. We realize that that is so because art was a chronicle and because people are vain. The wonderful thing about the great impressionist movement, in art, was that contrivance was replaced with more honesty. In this painting of a man from the so-called Zang minority of China, who live in Sichuan and in the area around the Tibetan plateau, we see the portrait of a real person. Like in most of the genre of portraiture from impressionist artists, it does not look posed or contrived. It simply looks like the artist has snapped a photograph of a man unaware that his picture was being taken. He just looks like he is sitting somewhere, lost in thought. It even gives one the impression that he is tired and just taking a rest to sit and think something out or just to be lost in his own thoughts for awhile.
Jian Bai Xu is one of the great Chinese impressionist artists who began painting in the 1940's, under the tutelage of Lin Feng Mian (Feng Mian Lin) of the Hangzhou school of Chinese oil painting art.
We have other works by Jian Bai Xu, in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line. To see more of her work, just click on: Jian Bai Xu Page
|Twisted Braids, original figurative oil
painting portrait by Tang Hai Guo (Hicoo) (2012)
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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