When I was working on this series, a TED Talk interview with Norman Lear was on in the background. I was so focused on the painting and did not pay much attention to the talk. Then all of a sudden, Lear's story and experience were like film images in my mind - I was moved by his stories and his sophisticated perspective towards life. It was an amazing experience and so inspiring. So I named this series after his interview, to show my respect to an icon of life. 

The piece is acrylic, soft pastels, graphite, and watercolor on heavyweight paper.  It will require a frame for display.

- Ying Guo

An Icon of Life #3

acrylic, watercolour, soft pastel, graphite on paper

Signed on front and back

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.