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.
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About The Artist
As a painter, I believe that works of art talk, and that the artists should always leave a space for the audience to listen and interpret.
Once completed, the works of art live on their own, often surviving longer than the artists themselves.
I started painting when I was around six years old, enrolling in an ink painting class. I was painting sparrows, crabs and bamboo on rice paper, without sketching first, in a cultural center in my hometown in China. From then on, I have carried on this technique of not sketching before painting.
I have always loved the idea of water media, which brings slight 'surprises' and ‘accidents’ to the creation and introduces the unpredictable into an otherwise predictable result.
Creating works of art is an indispensable part of my life, like the fresh air we breathe.
Sometimes after finishing a painting, I feel that I have just had a lifelong conversation and have expressed what is otherwise hard to put into words.
The natural elements in my paintings act as the interpretation of my thoughts, experiences, and emotions and sometimes even conversations with strangers, which appear as the vagaries of brush strokes and color borders.
Deep in my heart, I instinctively feel that all of my paintings shown so far to the public, and those that have never been shown are part of my personal, lifelong growth as an artist.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2010
Tianjin Academy of Fine ArtsBachelor of Fine Arts, 2001