"A hutong is a typical building of old Beijing, beautiful and quiet, which is also a reflection of traditional culture for hundreds of years," says Yuan Hua Jia. "However, along with the pace of modernization, many old hutongs have vanished so quickly in the past 15 years, and the old flavor of Beijing gone, like the plum blossom, falling down to the ground, little left. Maybe years later, they will disappear from the world, with the impression left only. The plum blossom is the symbol of traditional culture." This piece is framed in a simple black metal with plexiglass.
Before becoming an artist, Yuan Hua Jia worked as a computer programmer for many famous companies in China. After 15 years, Yuan needed a change, and fortuitously, happened to fall in love with an artist. “We paint together, learn from each other, and share the happiness that art brings to us.” At first Yuan was not sure what to paint, until an early morning walk through the ruins of a nearby hutong. One year earlier, there had been a venerably ancient courtyard, but on that day only a broken gate stood among the mass of rubble. Yuan’s heart was deeply touched with feelings of sadness. His work strives to tell the story of how rapid modernization is encroaching upon traditional Chinese culture.