Latest News:  
Beijing   Light rain    27 / 22 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Life & Culture

When women artists get together

By Chen Nan (China Daily)

14:52, September 11, 2012

Female Gymnosophist NO2, woodcut by Jin Songmin. (Photo/China Daily)

Four contemporary women artists - Jin Songmin, Liu Jinghua, Qu Wenqian and Chen Tianxiang - all Buddhists, have gathered for an ongoing exhibition, titled When Women Become Artists.

The display shows off their meditations on art, from oil paintings to woodcut paintings.

"I am not a feminist but I try to find and portray women who have beliefs," says Jin, 31, who graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and majored in woodcut painting.

The exhibition is her brainchild. "I always find myself struggling in a male-dominated world, but when I found these women artists who share the same belief, I feel reassured. Buddhism brings tranquility to our hearts."

Jin's works are inspired from Buddhism and ancient Chinese stories, but interpreted from the perspective of a female.

"In my paintings, man and woman become symbols," she says. For example, in her painting, Female Gymnosophist, it's hard to tell if the character is male or female.

Another of her works, The Prince Shen Sheng Woman, portrays an ancient Chinese story of an old king's favorite concubine who conspired to eliminate Prince Shen Sheng so that her son's position could be elevated. The king believed her slander and decided to kill the prince. But to maintain the country's stability and peace, the prince committed suicide. His sacrificial act leaves him a special place in history.

"I was impressed by the story, the prince's belief, his loyalty and commitment to his country," says Jin, who has developed The Prince Shen Sheng into a four-painting series.

Unlike Jin, artist Qu shows a soft side of women artists. She uses mirrors as the platform to reflect her fantasy world, in which rabbits, birds and ribbons interweave together. Compared with Jin's strong red, blue and black colors, the 30-year-old artist uses pastels such as pink, light blue and white.

"It reflects my dream world - surreal yet warm," she says.

The other two artists present their nostalgic mood for their hometowns - a small town of Jilin province in northeast China and Guilin city of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in southern China. Their paintings portray how the industrialized society transformed their hometowns.
Recommendations:
News we recommend

Behind the beauty contests

Travel in China

Sports

Traditional Beijing snacks you must not miss

17fairylands you must go in your life

Sweet drinks may cause seven diseases

Tips for 'White Dews'

Entering China's northernmost village

Scientists reveal ‘the last meal’ of feathered dinosaur '

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:杜明明、叶欣)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Fighters conduct live-fire attack training

  2. North Korea in festive mood for National Day

  3. Experts say 8% growth possible

  4. Which special tour is right for you?

  5. Sexy photos of Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley

  6. Trainings of U.S. Navy Seals

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Green economy should not be used as political card
  2. Hongkongers remain confused over identity
  3. 9/11 attack spurred mistaken wartime strategy
  4. Japan lost at sea among shifting priorities
  5. Regaining Diaoyu needs long-term efforts
  6. Expert: China needs more elite servicemen

What's happening in China

Bombing victims to sue in Chinese court

  1. Pricey Teachers' Day gifts create anxiety
  2. Rescuers track down missing hikers
  3. Social security for 54% of expats
  4. Predicted rain could hamper rescuers
  5. HK retains 'most expensive' ranking

China Features

  1. Miss World Eco-tourism 2012 crowned in Nanjing
  2. 'Voyager of the Seas' sets sail from Tianjin
  3. Which special tour is right for you?
  4. Cooperation promote sustainable economic growth
  5. Exclusive:A probe into GM rice test

PD Online Data

  1. Ministry of Water Resources
  2. Ministry of Railways
  3. People's Bank of China
  4. Ministry of Health
  5. Ministry of Culture