The inner court of the Forbidden City was the residence of empresses and imperial concubines. It looked quiet, but was full of prestige and power struggles. Now the emperor and his prosperity has gone, and ordinary people can take a rest while visiting the palace, and enjoy the happiness and serenity of the place.  

This painting was made with knife carving on wet oil. The piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges and comes ready to hang. 

- Yuan Hua Jia

Quiet Corner

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

19.7" h x 15.7" w x 1" d
4 lbs. 6 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.