Painting by acclaimed artist Tian Jun
A beautiful painting exhibition titled "Life" by three highly acclaimed Chinese artists opened this month at Corp Executive Hotel Apartments in Al Barsha, Dubai. The artists were accompanied by a special
delegation from ShaanXi Province China International Culture Exchange Centre of Foreign Economic led by its Secretary-General Zhu Zheng and Deputy Secretary General Li Xiu Wu.
Michel Noblet, President, HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings, said, “We are confident this exceptional event that brings to life some of the most incredible yet simple facets of mother earth will serve as a big milestone in collaboration of art and culture between local and Chinese artists, and will give a unique opportunity to UAE residents to discover Chinese art. We are extremely grateful to ShaanXi Province China International Culture Exchange Centre of Foreign Economic for expressing its interest in this project and travelling all the way to Dubai with these celebrated artists.”
Mr Zhu Zheng, Secretary-General, ShaanXi Province China International Culture Exchange Centre of Foreign Economic, said, “Chinese art is getting increasingly popular and gaining in prominence worldwide and we want our artists to reach new frontiers. Dubai is a growing focal point for art in the region. Mr LiFu, Mr Tian Jun, Mr GengJian are all highly accomplished artists and we feel proud to showcase their works in Dubai. We hope this exhibition will serve as the starting point of a new era of cultural exchange between the two countries."
China has recently become the hottest stop on the international art circuit with art collectors calling it a new dawn for Chinese art. Mr LiFu stressed, “Our works mirror contemporary Chinese artistic expression. The beauty of Chinese art is it allows the viewer to imagine and experience the artist’s feeling in a unique way, guided by simple lines and economic use of colour. We are very excited to bring our works to Dubai.”
LiFu hails from Hongdong County in ShaanXi Province and is a highly accomplished and versatile artist in the famous Chinese bird-and-flower painting genre. While staying true to tradition, he is constantly in search of new ideas.
Gentle and honest in his approach, LiFu treats each subject in an open-minded and friendly manner. For him “painting is an aspiration of the heart”. He uses the brush to tell the story of the times. He stresses, “My objective is always to create something new.”
Not surprisingly, while there may be certain recurrent themes, he adopts different styles to fit his new subjects – among them are plants, flowers, birds and bamboo. While the thought may be hidden, the emotion is very well expressed in each of his pictures.
In recent years, LiFu has devoted his efforts to the research and creation of magnificent Gold Ink Painting. He has developed a totally unique style of painting that’s got a sense of era, and added a thick branch to the development of Chinese bird-and-flower painting.
LiFu has been constantly in the news attracting the attention of leading Chinese and foreign print and electronic media. More than 1,000 pieces of his works have been published while his biography has been recorded in popular painting albums and dictionaries. His works occupies a pride of place in collections of prestigious local and international galleries, celebrities, governmental institutions as well as Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.
When his exhibition was held in Beijing in October, 1993, his works were viewed and admired by prominent Chinese state leaders such as Mr Jiang Zemin, Mr Li Peng, Mr Qiao Shi, Mr Liu Huaqing, Mr Hua Guofeng and many others. In recent years, he has been showcasing his works in solo and joint exhibitions in Beijing, Xi’an, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Yinchuan, as well as foreign countries like Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea. His art exchanges were made in more than 100 areas at home and abroad.
About Tian Jun
Internationally acclaimed artist Tian Jun, whose printed character is Renzhi and Yanghezhaizhu, belongs to Xi’an in Shanxi province. He is the subdecanal of Chinese calligraphy and painting, the Librarian of Xi’an Research Institute of culture and history, the Member of Chinese Artists Association.
Over the years Tian Jun has won a number of prestigious awards and recognitions. His calligraphy and painting works named "Jinqiu" were selected in The First Flower and Bird Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition. The work of "Giuyuntu" won the second session of Chinese Flower and Bird Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition Excellence Award. The work of "Canxue" was selected in The National Chinese Painting Exhibition and the work of "lvyin" received the first National Celebrity Works Exhibition Excellence Award.
A full-time painter, GengJian is a member of ShaanXi Province Artists Association as well as the National artist. The brilliance of GengJian is not a secret. Over the years he has been feted as a master of his craft, applauded and honoured throughout the nation. Not surprisingly, he is a member several prestigious associations such as Chinese Artists Association, Chinese Calligraphers Association, Shanxi Guohua Guest Artist, ShaanXi Provincial Reseach Institute of Culture and History, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, ShaanXi International Cultural Exchange Center and Painting and Calligraphy Institute of the National Defence University.
His works are truly fascinating as is his persona. GengJian began painting from an early age and ever since, it is the only thing he truly wanted to do.