The Chinese Way

CHINA • SEEING CULTURE THROUGH THE LOCAL EYES IS ALWAYS THE BEST


Artstein selects a list of inspiring Chinese artists who use their own country as their source of inspiration.


Xue Yanqun and his Wife, in Vancouver, Canada

Xue Yanqun and his Wife, in Vancouver, Canada

Xue Yanqun

from: Dalian, CHINA

date of birth: 1953

best known for: combining the characteristics of early Italian Renaissance painters with Chinese classical painting techniques.

XUE YANQUN - ‘The Lantern No2’,   130 x 97cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN - ‘The Lantern No2’, 130 x 97cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN  -  ‘The Northern Chinese Girl’,  100 x 72.5 cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN - ‘The Northern Chinese Girl’, 100 x 72.5 cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN  = ‘ Sound of Bamboo’ ,  100 x 80cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN = ‘Sound of Bamboo’, 100 x 80cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN  -  ‘The Actress’,   80.5x61cm, Oil On Canvas

XUE YANQUN - ‘The Actress’, 80.5x61cm, Oil On Canvas

XUE YANQUN  -  ‘The Lady in The Chair’,   162x112cm,Oil on Canvas


XUE YANQUN - ‘The Lady in The Chair’, 162x112cm,Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN  -  ‘Five Brides’ ,  145 x 138cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN - ‘Five Brides’, 145 x 138cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN  -  “The Music”,   100 x 72.5cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN - “The Music”, 100 x 72.5cm, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN - ‘The Poem’,   48 x 36inch, Oil on Canvas

XUE YANQUN - ‘The Poem’, 48 x 36inch, Oil on Canvas

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Tang Wei Min

from: Yong Zhou, CHINA

date of birth: 1971

best known for: capturing the traditional and ceremonial dress of historic China.

TANG WEI MIN

TANG WEI MIN

TANG WEI MIN

TANG WEI MIN

TANG WEI MIN

TANG WEI MIN

TANG WEI MIN

TANG WEI MIN

TANG WEI MIN

TANG WEI MIN

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Chen Yifei

from: Shanghai, CHINA

date of birth: 1946

best known for: his realistic portraits of Chinese women in traditional dress, and landscapes depicting the Chinese countryside.


CHEN YIFEI, ‘Pipa’,   1989

CHEN YIFEI, ‘Pipa’, 1989

CHEN YIFEI, ‘Beauties on Promenade,’   oil on canvas, 1997

CHEN YIFEI, ‘Beauties on Promenade,’ oil on canvas, 1997

CHEN YIFEI

CHEN YIFEI

CHEN YIFEI

CHEN YIFEI

CHEN YIFEI

CHEN YIFEI

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Di Li Feng

from: CHINA

Date of Birth: 1958

best known for: his admiration for the glories of China’s imperial past; its honour and disgrace, tragedies, sadness, sentimentality and great joys.

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

˙©DI LI FENG

˙©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

©DI LI FENG

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Wang Yidong

from: Shadong Province, CHINA

Date of Birth: 1958

best known for: his realist paintings with strongly contrasting colours - striking red against shining black.

WANG YIDONG

WANG YIDONG

WANG YIDONG, ‘Getting Married Girl’

WANG YIDONG, ‘Getting Married Girl’

WANG YIDONG, ‘A Moment’s Reflection’

WANG YIDONG, ‘A Moment’s Reflection’

WANG YIDONG, ‘Teasing the NewlyWeds’,   1998

WANG YIDONG, ‘Teasing the NewlyWeds’, 1998

WANG YIDONG, ‘Sedan Chair’ ,  2001

WANG YIDONG, ‘Sedan Chair’, 2001

WANG YIDONG

WANG YIDONG

WANG YIDONG, ‘A Married Woman in the Mountains’ ,  oil on canvas, 190 x 180 cm. - Painted in 1995-1996

WANG YIDONG, ‘A Married Woman in the Mountains’, oil on canvas, 190 x 180 cm. - Painted in 1995-1996

WANG YIDONG, ‘Bride’

WANG YIDONG, ‘Bride’

WANG YIDONG

WANG YIDONG

WANG YIDONG, ‘Wishes’,   2003

WANG YIDONG, ‘Wishes’, 2003

WANG YIDONG, ‘Summer Time’,   2002

WANG YIDONG, ‘Summer Time’, 2002

WANG YIDONG, ‘Red Embroidery Ball’  , 2004

WANG YIDONG, ‘Red Embroidery Ball’, 2004

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Chen Yiming

from: CHINA

Date of Birth: 1958

best known for: his paintings of women wearing Chinese traditional dress. He has also painted figures and flowers and has incorporated traditional Chinese artefacts such as fans and musical instruments into his works. He is the younger brother of Chen Yifei.

CHEN YIMING, ‘The Paper Parasol’,   oil on canvas

CHEN YIMING, ‘The Paper Parasol’, oil on canvas

CHEN YIMING, ‘Lady with Sandalwood Fan’,   Oil on Canvas

CHEN YIMING, ‘Lady with Sandalwood Fan’, Oil on Canvas

CHEN YIMING, ‘Waiting’,   oil on canvas

CHEN YIMING, ‘Waiting’, oil on canvas

CHEN YIMING, “Dress Up’,   oil on canvas

CHEN YIMING, “Dress Up’, oil on canvas

CHEN YIMING

CHEN YIMING

CHEN YIMING

CHEN YIMING

CHEN YIMING, ‘Canary’,   oil on canvas, 20044

CHEN YIMING, ‘Canary’, oil on canvas, 20044

CHEN YIMING, ‘Bronze Mirror’,   oil on canvas, 2011

CHEN YIMING, ‘Bronze Mirror’, oil on canvas, 2011

CHEN YIMING, ‘Song from the Riverbank’

CHEN YIMING, ‘Song from the Riverbank’

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Jiang GuoFang

from: Shangjiang Village, CHINA

date of birth: 1951

best known for: his series of paintings named ‘The Forbidden City’ - twenty-seven large-scale paintings revealing the largest and best-preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China, where admission for ordinary citizens was forbidden for over 600 years.

JIANG GUOFANG

JIANG GUOFANG

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Spring Breeze in the Forbidden City’

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Spring Breeze in the Forbidden City’

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Dream’

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Dream’

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Mother And Son’,   oil on canvas, 2005

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Mother And Son’, oil on canvas, 2005

JIANG GUOFANG

JIANG GUOFANG

JIANG GUOFANG,   ‘Waiting in Silence’ ,  oil on canvas, 1997

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Waiting in Silence’, oil on canvas, 1997

JIANG GUOFANG

JIANG GUOFANG

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Dressing Up’ ,  oil on canvas, 2001

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Dressing Up’, oil on canvas, 2001

JIANG GUOFANG,   ‘Bells singing in the distance’,  oil on canvas, 2012

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Bells singing in the distance’, oil on canvas, 2012

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Sunset glow’,   oil on canvas, 2012

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Sunset glow’, oil on canvas, 2012

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Qing Court Lady’,   oil on canvas, 1994

JIANG GUOFANG, ‘Qing Court Lady’, oil on canvas, 1994

JIANG GUOFANG

JIANG GUOFANG

JIANG GUOFANG

JIANG GUOFANG