A top painter of “freehand” conventional Chinese artwork has to have expertise, generosity, tolerance, perseverance, rich lifestyles revel in, the proper strategies and the capability to withstand loneliness.
The lengthy list of requirements has precipitated many a learner to balk. Freehand, or xiii (writing thoughts), is a shape of painting that includes poetry, calligraphy, and seals.
However, for Jiading-born painter Fan Changjiang, the lengthy and lonely adventure of freehand painting is like capturing an arrow — there may be no rewind after drawing the bow.
The fan was born in a vintage 3-story building close to Xiangjiang Bridge on Ximen antique road in 1953. Among his early life hobbies have been studying, writing, chanting poetry and portray. But given the fabric shortage of his time, he couldn’t find any resources to cultivate his painting.
As an educated city youth, he was despatched to live and work inside the countryside as a part of national policy among the 1950s and 1970s.
Fan become recruited as a medical pupil at the affiliated college of Shanghai General Hospital. After graduation, he has become a pharmacist at the sanatorium. But painting remained an interest in all his spare time.
In the spring of 1974, Fan got close with Qian Juntao, a Shanghai-fashion painting master, who became his instructor.
“It changed nonetheless in the course of the ‘cultural revolution (1966-1976).’ I met Mr. Qian in a cramped room in Chongqing Road S.,” he stated.
“He turned into always calm and hospitable,” recalled Fan, whose determination and ardor to examine portray moved Qian, who right away took him as his disciple.
“A nationwide anti-traditional Chinese painting motion changed into in style. Nobody wanted to analyze the painting and no one dared to do so. I needed to study from Mr. Qian in secret.”
To have greater time working towards painting, Fan made a plea to work the night time shift within the medical institution in order that he ought to spend the afternoons painting. This inverted circadian rhythm of his still remains.
Years of creative pursuit yielded fruit. A fan held exhibitions at the Kunshan Culture Center in neighboring Jiangsu Province, the Xuhui District Culture Center, the Jiuzhoucheng Gallery in Zhuhai City and the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai.
Fan stop his activity as a pharmacist in 1988 and targeted on portray.
“My father turned into in opposition to this decision at the start. But progressively he changed his mind-set as he saw how famous my paintings have been and my potential to live as an artist,” stated Fan.
Traditional Chinese portray declined after the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) but a revival represented via freehand artwork by artists Xu Wei (1521-1593) and Chen Chun (1483-1544) broke the conservatism of the vintage fashion and changed it with passion and boldness.
Great artists such as Wu Changshuo and Qi Baishi were deeply encouraged by this. So changed into the Shanghai-fashion that satisfactorily represents cutting-edge Chinese portray.
“My trainer instructed me, ‘A painter paints what words fail to describe.’ And freehand painting is an excellent manner to express the restriction of words.
“Even the vicissitudes of life and the injustice of the world can be expressed in a portray,” stated Fan.
The fan may be very creative and his style is grand and powerful. He paints calabash, grapes, pumpkins, lotus, and plantains with boldness and class. Having learned portray shrimps from the works of grasp Qi Baishi, he paints the arthropod with vividness and a touch of lifestyles.
Well-read since early life, Fan might decorate his paintings with well-versed calligraphy. He could sum up a crab painting with sentences like “White moon, smooth wind, silent night time, the rustling sound of a crab moving.”
To higher illustrate his portray international, Fan went on to research cursive writing from Tian Huan, an amazing calligrapher, and painter in addition to the assistant and secretary of Sun Yat-sen. The apprenticeship lasted six years.
Besides freehand portray, Fan also does oil portray. His oil painting style is towards secessionism and impressionism. As a long way lower back as the earlier Nineteen Eighties, Fan used the acrylic paints and skilled numerous painting methods in substances along with rice paper, cotton cloth, and leathers.
He visited Hong Kong for the primary time in 1986 and the various-fashion cutting-edge art works there broadened his horizon.
When he again to Shanghai, he used even extra zest to create a batch of unique-style acrylic art work. An American art critic and gallery manager, for the duration of his visit to Shanghai in the sooner Nineteen Nineties, felt drawn to Fan’s works and supported him to keep five exhibitions in Hong Kong in succession. All of the more than 230 portions of works exhibited were sold by way of collectors.
Fan hooked up the Shanghai Xiang Mei Painting Academy in 2008 to honor Chen Xiangmei — the Chinese name of Claire Lee Chennault, a famed remote places Chinese society leader and wife of Flying Tigers pilot Claire Lee Chennault. The Flying Tigers were the First American Volunteer Group — fighter pilots formally part of the Chinese Air Force in 1941-forty two.