The paintings offer a glimpse into the life of a Chinese artist

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A calligraphy and painting exhibition, themed Chinese painter Liu Wanming’s love of life and nature, is now on display in Beijing, the Chinese capital, featuring more than 100 works by the artist.

Comprising both large-scale paintings and smaller sketches, these pieces that make up the exhibit primarily depict flowers, birds, and land animals. They embody the artist’s meticulous observation and portrayal of the natural world.

The flower and bird genre is one of the three major categories of India ink painting. These works are often well received by the public due to the vivid scenes they depict filled with various animals and flowers in various palettes. Many of these paintings at the exhibition are also welcomed by industry experts. One of the most popular works, “A Light Rain Washes the Forest and the Birds Chirp in an Idle Breeze,” perfectly captures the arid landscapes as doves perch on the wintery acacia trees of northern China.

Liu Wanming’s work titled “A Light Rain Washes the Forest and the Birds Chirp in an Idle Breeze” is now on display in Beijing. /Museum of painting and calligraphy

Liu Wanming’s work titled “A Light Rain Washes the Forest and the Birds Chirp in an Idle Breeze” is now on display in Beijing. /Museum of painting and calligraphy

Liu has studied the traditional art of Chinese painting in depth over the past decades and has formed a solid foundation of skills and a unique style. By representing characters, landscapes, flowers and birds, he artistically renders the harmony between man and nature. His works have an elegant and fresh style, emphasizing the importance of preserving traditions while experimenting with innovative flourishes to enrich the nation’s cultural output.

Paintings by Liu Wanming. /Museum of painting and calligraphy

Paintings by Liu Wanming. /Museum of painting and calligraphy

Many of Liu’s paintings are inspired by everyday life and scenes from nature, but artfully convey a sense of poetic serenity. Most of the works in the exhibition were created during or after Liu’s visits to ordinary people living in urban and rural areas, as he immersed himself in local cultures and bonded with the people he met there. The artist believes that his life experiences are the best source of inspiration for any creative output worth its salt.

Figure sketches by Liu Wanming during his trip to Inner Mongolia in 2018. /Painting and Calligraphy Channel Art Museum

Figure sketches by Liu Wanming during his trip to Inner Mongolia in 2018. /Painting and Calligraphy Channel Art Museum

Liu says that life experience is the source and foundation of an artist’s creative output. He considers the two to be inseparable. “Only when you participate in the grassroots and connect with local people can the works you create have feelings and touch the public. When people see your works, they will empathize with them. They provide a kind of emotional nourishment and aesthetic pleasure,” Liu said.

Archive photos of Chinese artist Liu Wanming. /Museum of painting and calligraphy

Archive photos of Chinese artist Liu Wanming. /Museum of painting and calligraphy

The exhibition runs at the Museum of Painting and Calligraphy Chain Art in Beijing until July 15.

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