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As a veteran artist he innovates with Chinese ink painting

At the G20 summit in 2016, a large-scale work called “Western Lake Scenery” became the backdrop for the group photo of world leaders. Measuring five by two meters, it has helped people around the world appreciate the beauty of modern Chinese ink painting. The creator of the artwork is the famous Chinese artist Chen Jialing.

The panorama conveys the intangible qualities of West Lake. The imaginative richness and cultural significance accumulated over the centuries seem to come to life through Chen’s compositional techniques and his perfect use of colors.

For years, Chen Jialing has been known in Chinese art circles for his desire to “change”. After the establishment of traditional Chinese ink painting, he worked to innovate and sought to break down boundaries in categories such as figures and landscapes, as well as flowers and birds.

Chen Jialing studied the Chinese painting styles of Pan Tianshou and Lu Yanshao at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts. Chen said he gained a deeper understanding of traditional theory and traditional techniques from the two masters of painting in Chinese art history.

By absorbing the creative spirit of the two predecessors, Chen Jialing made a significant change to his painting. He abandoned the standard use of pen and ink and explored the magical effect of the interaction between paper, water, marker and color. This led to the birth of his new style of ink: light ink.

Since the 1980s, Chen has been famous for breaking traditional lotus painting techniques. He created a series of lotus themed paintings, forming a single “Chen style lotus”. Among them, his painting “Untainted” won the silver prize at the 7th National Art Exhibition. With the lotus as his signature, the artist created a modern Chinese painting style, combining impressionism, abstraction and expressionism.

In addition, he creatively extended the beauty of Chinese ink painting to other areas of daily life, such as painting lotus motifs on containers. In Jingdezhen, China’s “Porcelain Capital”, Chen collaborated with ceramic artists and painted the “lotus” on 40 pieces of large vats, making him the first person to paint lotus flowers on large porcelain.

As Chinese painting is becoming more and more recognized, traditional Chinese art is being shared by people all over the world. For decades, Chen Jialing has been engaged in drawing and painting Chinese stories with innovative brushstrokes. The celebrated 85-year-old painter said he never stopped creating even in the last year, hoping to further showcase oriental aesthetics on the international stage.

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