With the development of science and technology, society has experienced more rapid progress than ever before. The world becomes more and more modern, and life becomes easier than before. In contrast, the environment deteriorates faster. More and more of the forest has disappeared, and more animals and plants become extinct day after day. This is a very important issue. As humans, we need to reflect on what we are bringing to the world. Are we going forward or backward?

In this piece, the shape of the roots form a human brain, and I use one line to represent the close relationship between humans and the environment. 

This painting was made with knife carving on wet oil.  

PLEASE NOTE: Due to its size, this painting will ship from the artist's studio in China un-stretched and rolled in a tube. The detail images are just to give a sense of how the work will look as a finished piece.

- Yuan Hua Jia

Last Tree

Oil painting on unstretched canvas

Signed on front and back

23.6" h x 19.7" w 
2 lbs. 14 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.