The traditional and the contemporary often oppose one another. Contradiction is inevitable, but opposition and unity can coexist. The figure in the painting comes from an ancient sculpture in the Louvre. As a modern viewer standing in front of her, they will find that it is far from a piece of sculpture, but another space.

I used a knife on wet oil to make this painting. The piece is on gallery wrapped canvas with red edges.  It comes ready to hang.

- Yuan Hua Jia

Contradiction No. 2

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

23.6" h x 19.7" w x 1" d
5 lbs. 9 oz.



Yuan Hua Jia
Beijing, China

Getting to Know Yuan Hua

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.