National Museum presents an exhibition with a selection of work from Zhao Junsheng, an accomplished contemporary artist. The exhibition features hundreds of paintings selected from among his works, including the paintings of old Beijing, literati, Buddhist images and landscapes.
Zhao Junsheng (1944-2013) was born in Tianjin and he began to learn painting in childhood by following his father. He was mentored by the famous landscape painter Zhao Songtao and was admitted to the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he underwent strict professional training. He started his career as a painter by painting comic strips and illustration but his works were not limited to any single theme or painting skill. He was revered as a master in depicting old Beijing life and revealing the folk life in an artistic manner.
He was good at painting literati in picturesque scenery that echoing to poems that written by poets like Su Shi. In contrast, his Buddhist paintings are in a flamboyant style full of bright colours, bringing a sense of Japanese style and a little of fauvism.
He made great achievements in literati paintings, ink-wash painting and freehand brushwork. He is also highly proficient in expressionism, modernism and Western artistic drawing concepts.
The paintings in this exhibition are donated by Zhao’s wife and son. Zhao held solo exhibitions in the US, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Portugal, Austria and Hong Kong and his works have gone into the collection of many art museums and related institutions around the world.
Exhibition of Zhao Junsheng’s Art
Period: 2017/9/7 - 9/29
Venue: Galleries S2 and S3
National Museum of China
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