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|766.||Into the New Century, original oil
painting by Tang Hai Guo
Karaoke (Chinese KTV) is a favorite outlet for people, in China, today. They work long hours, six days a week with overtime, in jobs that give them no joy. So, when they have a day off or get their monthly paycheck, they celebrate with a bunch of friends, in a private room at a KTV, smoking, drinking, singing and playing games, trying to numb themselves into happiness. They are just a room full of slaves.
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.
|Winter in Hainan: original watercolor painting by Jin Ming Li (1980)
This one was done three decades ago on a visit to Hainan Island, off the southern coast of China, in the winter time. Li said that he was so delighted to find that the weather was still so warn, in the winter, and that there were so many birds. He painted it in an expressionistic style, using pink for the sky to express the happiness that he felt, in such a wondrous place. It is not only a piece of his history but, also, of China's, in that Hainan Island has recently been slated for development, and it will never be the paradise that it was back then. The colors are just beautiful.
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 Page.
|168.||House with Car: original oil painting on canvas by Guang Zhi Zhang
The title belies the importance of that phrase, in today's China. If people have a car, they must be very rich because, in terms of the undervalued Chinese Yuan, cars cost several hundred thousand because they are priced on international prices, which is more expensive than a house. It is true social commentary art, but subtle. It reminds me, both in honesty and in iconic value, of Grant Wood's "American Gothic", and paintings of common American life by Edward Hopper.
Having begun his career painting pictures for Mao Zedong, in the People's Army, Zhang was later trained by the famous French Trompe L'oeil artist, Claude Yvel, Guang Zhi Zhang's painting style can be very realistic; in this painting, the reality is the scene, itself, done in a more impressionistic painting style. So, with the pitched-in-the-middle-of-nowhere house and the cell phone towers, in their backyard, the reality is that these people are rich enough to own a house and a car. Even the car used in the painting is perfect since a very popular car owned by many locals is the versatile white van, much like the one in the picture. The blue trees give the piece a surrealistic feel, much as life can be, in modern China. And I guess pop culture art has come to China.
We have other works by Guang Zhi Zhang (Zhang Guang Zhi), in the Leona Craig Art Gallery Catalogue. To see the others, just click on: Guang Zhi Zhang Page
|780.||Young Miao Girl, original oil painting
by Xu Zhao Qian, c. 1990
The Miao minority are known for their intricate designs in silver, which girls accumulate, basically, as a dowry for their eventual marriage.
Xu did this painting about two decades ago, and he tells us that it took him several months to complete the details that he has done in her headdress. Indeed, we see many paintings of the Chinese minority peoples and their intricately designed clothing and ornaments by many artists, but this one has the best detail that we have ever seen.
Herding Sheep: original oil painting on canvas by Dapu (Zhang Ai Min) 2009
We liked the more dark, brooding colors, purples, blue-greens, and tans, of this painting of a herder returning home with his flock for the evening. It is more reminiscent of the "Tonalist School", paintings from which we have had, in the past.
Dapu always makes beautiful pictures from simple scenes of daily life on the Tibetan plateau, and his breadth of styles and techniques makes us appreciate him even more.
To see more of the works of Dapu (Ai Min Zhang), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery online, please, visit the Dapu Page.
Old Fishing Boats, original oil painting by Tan Xue Sheng
We love this painting for a number of reasons. First, it shows the old junk-style fishing boats with their fan sails that are not too distant in China's past, and can still be seen. We also love it for the beautiful rich impressionistic colors that are used to paint the boats, the beach and the sea.
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