More than 60 Chinese ink paintings of human figures are on exhibition at Guan Shanyue Art Museum.
Most of the paintings, which use strong coloring, are portraits of ordinary people.
Human figures under Huang Jun’s brushes are moving because of the way their characteristics are closely associated with their social status. For example, the artist used heavy black ink to portray the misshapen bodies and faces of mining workers, giving an impression that they have been toiling for a long time. Most paintings have a strong sense of solitude since most of the figures seem to be deep in thought.
Huang, a professor at the China Academy of Art, integrates traditional Chinese painting styles with Western ones. The way the artist uses colors to create a multiple-layered effect similar to landscape painting is unique.
Dong Xiaoming, curator of the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute and academic curator of the exhibition, said Huang’s paintings embrace the philosophy of harmony between humans and nature by giving the human figures social identities. “The artist is carrying the responsibility of a generation of artists by linking traditional Chinese painting styles with the modern age,” he said.
Dates: Until July 20
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Venue: Guan Shanyue Art Museum, 6026 Hongli Road, Futian District (福田区红荔路6026号关山月美术馆)
Metro: Longhua or Longgang Line, Children’s Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit B