HE JIAN

He Jian was born in 1978 in Guang Yuan, Sichuan province, and graduated from Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. His distinctive style of artistic expression is inspired by the frescoes of the 14th century Yongle temple in Shanxi province. At first glance, his works look aged, as if they are in need of intensive restoration, the effect that the artist reaches with the technique of layered paint over a thin surface of rice paper. Juxtaposing antique techniques of meticulous Chinese brush painting with the subject-matter of Chinese contemporary everyday life as well as his childhood memories, He Jian takes his works into a unique temporal dimension.

For his witty visual combination of ancient and contemporary, He Jian graduated with distinction, and continued on as a lecturer in the Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. Since graduation, He Jian has received increasing attention from the international art world and participated in many shows in China and abroad. Since his practice and education have been so firmly rooted in Sichuan, he is frequently exhibited with his Sichuan-based contemporaries, together with them recognized as the new face of the Sichuan school of painting.

He Jian was born in 1978 in Guang Yuan, Sichuan province, and graduated from Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. His distinctive style of artistic expression is inspired by the frescoes of the 14th century Yongle temple in Shanxi province. At first glance, his works look aged, as if they are in need of intensive restoration, the effect that the artist reaches with the technique of layered paint over a thin surface of rice paper. Juxtaposing antique techniques of meticulous Chinese brush painting with the subject-matter of Chinese contemporary everyday life as well as his childhood memories, He Jian takes his works into a unique temporal dimension.

For his witty visual combination of ancient and contemporary, He Jian graduated with distinction, and continued on as a lecturer in the Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. Since graduation, He Jian has received increasing attention from the international art world and participated in many shows in China and abroad. Since his practice and education have been so firmly rooted in Sichuan, he is frequently exhibited with his Sichuan-based contemporaries, together with them recognized as the new face of the Sichuan school of painting.