Behind any artwork, there is a story. There are moments when I struggle to put the first stroke on paper, when I fight for the spare time to make paintings, when it's hard to pay for the art supplies, but these moments never win over the joy of a creative life. I am blessed to be a painter!

This piece was made with watercolor and soft pastel on heavyweight paper. I will need a frame for display. 

- Ying Guo

Joy of the Spring #1
YING GUO


Mixed media artwork on paper
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front and back
2016

22" h x 15" w 
1 lbs. 0 oz.

$500

SHIPS FREE



Artist
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.