Category Archives: Artists

Blue Heart Behind Zhang’s Moody Creations

Blue has an implied meaning of melancholy and quiet. It’s perfectly suited to be the dominant hue in artist Zhang Xing’s paintings. Zhang describes herself as a romanticist, but most of her work utilizes lonesome tones and sad symbols to cast a bleak reflection...


Beauty of Chinese Landscape Gardens Blooms in Wang’s Creation

Wang Jia blends Western oil painting with Chinese brush techniques to create an art style she tags as feminine, innocent and classically Chinese. Her current work falls into three series: Search Dream, Pick Up Dream and Painting from Life. Among all the works in...


Surrealist Style Runs Through Mao’s Painting

People often assume the role of masters of all earthly beasts, with their tools and abilities to reshape the world. But artist Mao Kai elevates supposedly lesser animals such as cows, horses, monkeys and rabbits to the level of man in his Higher Animal...


Neverland Responds to Pain with Beauty

Scottish novelist James Matthew Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy created a magical island in the middle of the sea named “Neverland.” On Neverland, time stands still and children never grow up. It’s a wonderland that protects children from earthly troubles and preserves their innocence....


The Black-and-White World of Qiu Dandan

Black and white are the only colors in artist Qiu Dandan’s work. Each painting is made of black-and-white lines and blots of color, and mixes scenes from ordinary life with bizarre elements. The series Life is OK and Ruins are representative of her style....


Painting the Culture of the Rural Northwest

The vast yellow Loess Plateau is considered the birthplace of Chinese civilization. It’s also the birthplace of artist Zhu Jiahe’s inspiration. Born in Qingjian County, Shaanxi province — right in the center of the plateau — Zhu uses his brush to capture and protect...


Art Inspired by Common People and Daily Events

Every year, painter Ding Jiming travels to different places. Traveling inspires his painting. Ding has been to Shandong province, Liaoning province, Xiamen in Fujian province, northern Shaanxi province and other places in China. But none of these places has his favorite scenery. “The most...


Artist’s Floating World Inspired by Urban Anxiety

China is modernizing: wide, paved boulevards are replacing the muddy and narrow lanes that have connected the country for thousands of years. On either side of these modern roads shabby homes give way to high-rise apartments. After a century of shame, China’s breakneck pace...


Artist’s Paintings Embrace Nostalgia

Ba Yaming never expected to be a professional painter. At first, he thought he would be a musician. The artist had planned to major in music in college because singing was his hobby. However, when he trained for the College Entrance Examination, he found...


Red Flowers Hide Human Desires

Throughout the ages, cultures have assigned special meanings to each flower. In China, the peony is a national flower that symbolizes wealth and honor. If peonies had a capital, it would be Luoyang, Henan province. The city has held an annual “Peony Party” since...