Failure is scary, but I understand that sometimes I have to lose in order to gain. Every time facing a blank paper is a challenge, failure and success happening simultaneously. What if I use this color, what if I make the line go that way, what about covering this color with that color, etc. There are many "what ifs" that happen during a painting and I have learned to treat them as a type of "gain".

This piece is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display. 

- Ying Guo

Being an Ocean #6

Acrylic painting on paper

Signed on front

22" h x 15" w 
1 lbs. 0 oz.



Ying Guo
Tianjin, China

Getting to Know Ying

Ying Guo began painting as a child, attending painting classes at the cultural center in her hometown in China. Since then, she says her painting brushes have not left her. Trained in traditional Chinese ink painting, her work clearly imitates the strong calligraphic lines and brushstrokes of her heritage. However, she has contemporized this tradition with a modern abstract expressionist approach. The pieces are bold and emotive, and inspired by the nature she experiences around her. Ying lives in St. John’s Harbor in Newfoundland, Canada, an island off the east coast of North America. The scenic views of the ocean and hills along the harbor provoke vivid colors in her art. She does not sketch or plan the pieces before she begins, which allows her to experiment with the process and come to an unexpected result. Although the paintings can feel unrestrained and full of movement, there is a controlled quality as well. The circular nature of the compositions, combined with an exquisite balance, make the work feel fully formed but not a single brushstroke overworked.