Before Freezing PointYing Guo
acrylic, soft pastel, graphite, watercolour on Paper
Signed on front and back
22 " h x 15 " w |1 lbs. 0 oz.
Winter and snow shape the island of Newfoundland. Cold weather defines the Newfoundlanders' life. When it started to get cold right before the winter, I had the desire to celebrate the bravery and dedication that is required to face these tough conditions. This painting was created along this idea and it also was inspired by the amazing scenery of the island. This piece is acrylic, soft pastel, graphite, and watercolor on heavyweight paper with deckled edges. It will need a frame for display.
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.