Meditation and contemplation in paintings by Jian Chong Min
Meditation and contemplation in paintings by Jian Chong Min

Life is what we think about it. (Attributed to Marcus Aurelius) The expression of the ancient Roman fits perfectly with the work of the Chinese artist Jian Chong Min. It is possible, especially as modern "digital" artists, to see the world as a horrifying conglomerate of unmotivated cruelty, all-pervading eroticism, apocalyptic landscapes, … In the spirit of the end of civilization "on the way", and beyond - emptiness.

And you can like Chong Min - we, with our high-tech anthills-megalopolises, are just some kind of incomprehensible link by us, people, in the great world of Nature.

As one American said, "Why do we constantly lament about the" pollution "of the environment with polyethylene? And what if nature created us for that, so that we could produce the amount of this polyethylene that it needs, nature, and, having completed our mission, went nowhere?" perhaps Jian Chong Min practically does not depict cities, but with self-delight he meditates on his canvases with the inimitable beauty of Nature. Man is present there, but only as a ststist.

Jian Chong Min was born in 1947 in Shunde, Guangdong Province and attended the Sichuan Academy of Arts High School of Arts. After being expelled in 1967, he worked in an acrobatic troupe. Since 1978, he has been in charge of artwork for Chengdu Airlines. Since 1983 he has been working at the Chengdu Academy of Painting.

In Chong Min's paintings, people live in nature, but they certainly do not struggle with it, and even more so they do not "conquer" it. It is not always easy for them, but how beautiful it is! The trees, as if alive, are about to touch you with their arms-branches, stroke you, soothe you. Paths, water, reed fences, fields …

There are alarming ones that you want to run without stopping, but there are absolutely wonderful ones - pacifying, viscous - charming, to which you want to return - to take a closer look …

The artist's technique is inimitable in its own way. When examining a reproduction, it is not clear that it is oil painting, tempera, watercolor, ink, or maybe a colored etching? But, the fact that the work was carried out at a very high technical level is undoubtedly. And that's very Chinese.

"The images of Chinese painting were given symbolic meaning associated with the ideas of ancient cosmogony. The structure of the painting was determined by the most important principles - Heaven and Earth, between which the main actions unfold, determining the internal dynamics of the painting."

"Ancient Chinese treatises on the art of composition taught the artist:" Before lowering the brush, be sure to determine the place of Heaven and Earth … Between them, carefully place the landscape."

At the very road A clear stream runs, A shady willow. I thought, just for a moment, - And now - I stand for a long, long time … Saiga.

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