This painting is from the series titled "Song of the Phoenix", which is inspired by a Chinese film with the same name released recently. This film demonstrates the musician's dedication to the traditional Chinese music form and shows the great respect to the faith and loyalty of traditional culture. I was moved by the main character's strong belief and was thinking about my daily painting practice. I am blessed to create artworks inspired by nature and the precious experience of the everyday.
This piece is made with watercolor and soft pastel on heavyweight paper. 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.