L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A green world, monumental and fragmentary - paintings by Jian Chongmin

"Jian Chongmin (1947, Shunde, Guangdong Province) studied at the Art Middle School attached to the Sichuan Art Academy. After his graduation in 1967, he worked for an acrobatics troupe. From 1978 on, he was responsible for artistic work with the Chengdu Airplane Company. He transferred to the Chengdu Painting Academy in 1983. Jian is specialized in oil painting, whose works have not only been awarded prizes but have also been included in national collections."

This is all the information I've been able to find on this artist. His work borders on the overly-illustrative and, at the same time, it veers toward the fantastical, both of which tendencies I often find off-putting. But the carefulness of his compositions, the saturated and nearly vibrating greens, his use of scale and shadow and viewpoint, and the tenderness of detail win me over.


  1. Very interesting artist whom I have not heard of until now. Thanks for bringing his art to my attention - I agree, those illustrative tendencies are off-putting to me also but these works are charming. Thanks!!

  2. Thanks for the introduction to this artist, Stephen! Always enjoy your blog and thoughts!

  3. I really enjoyed going through each image. Very mesmerizing for me. A big thank you for such a beautiful posting.