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In Search of Inspiration - The Art of James Tan    How To Paint Birds by James Tan

James Tan graduated from the Singapore Academy of Art in 1972 and continued his studies with Chinese brush painting masters in Singapore, Taiwan and San Francisco until 1980 establishing himself as a master of the traditional and Lingnan schools of Chinese brush painting with his own distinctive style. He has taught and lectured extensively world-wide, including The National Museum Art Gallery (Singapore), The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Birds in nature because of the geographical, climatic and living habits are different, wide range of varying sizes and various shapes. Chinese paintings of birds, reproduction of birds natural properties, such as the peacocks ,Golden pheasants and Mandarin Duck show their magnificent wings and eagles and cranes show their varied dynamics. On the expression of the intention of the painter, reflect the painter’s aesthetic conception and aesthetic intent .....

   Liu Kang  1911 - 2004      Chen WenHsi    1906 - 1991

He was born in Fujian Province and he spent his early years in Malaysia, studied art in Shanghai and Paris, and taught art in Shanghai during the 1930s. Under the influence of Chinese artist and art teacher Liu Haisu (1896–1994), Liu admired, and often appropriated the styles of French-based modernist painters such as Cézanne, van Gogh and Matisse. Liu Kang came to Singapore in 1942 and had been

He was born in Baigong in Guangdong province, and had his early education at Chen Li Primary School and St. Joseph Middle School. After graduation from secondary school, Chen Wen Hsi decided to study full-time in fine art at the Shanghai College of Art in 1928, despite his uncle's objection. Unhappy with the college, Chen transferred to the Xinhua College of Art in Shanghai,

   Cheong SooPieng   1919 - 1983      Lee ManFong   1913 - 1988
Cheong was born the youngest of seven children in Amoy, China. His parents were neutral to his choice of education, when Cheong took to studying art at in the Xiamen Academy of Fine Art in 1933. In 1936 Cheong graduated and attended Xinhua Academy of Fine Art in Shanghai for further studies, only to have his education cut short with the breakout of the Sino-Japanese War and the school destroyed by Japanese invaders in 1938. (b. 1913, Guangdong, China–d. 1988, Jakarta, Indonesia) was a prominent artist based in Indonesia and Singapore. Primarily working with oil paintings, Lee was associated with the Nanyang style, which blends Chinese techniques and subjects with Western composition styles and mediums.
Ju Chao    Ju Lian
 The painter in the Qing Dynasty, a native of Panyu,GuangDong province,the brother of Ju Lian.His style name was Mei Sheng and his sobriquet was Mei Chao.He was talented in painting flowers and insects. Ju Lian, alias Guquan, was a native Panyu. He was a bird-and-flower painter emphasized on observation and sketching of objects in nature. Ju specialized in the application of the innovative technique of "zhuangshui" 
Gao Jian-Fu    Chen Shu-Ren

Gao Jianfu began studying with a prominent local artist, Ju Lian, in Keshan, Guangdong at the age of fourteen. He learned under his master's tutelage to paint flowers, plants, and .....  

Chen Shu-Ren, whose original name was Shao, alias Nianhua-weixiaozi, Dean-laoren and Ershan-shanqiao, was born at Mingjing Village of Panyu District in the Guangdong Province. At the  

Qi Bai-shi   1863-1957   huang binhong    1864-1955

Since 1918 he resided in Beijing ( 北 京) and lived by his painting and calligraphy. Most of the subjects he painted were flowers, birds, insects and fish. In 1928 he began to sign his name on the paintings as 白石 ( Bai-shi means literally "White Stone," which implies "Snow Mountains"). He said, at one time, "I learned finger-painting in my youth; landscape painting after 30; and specialized in flowers, insects and birds after 40." After that    

Huang Binhong was born in Zhejiang Province, the grandson of the well regarded artist Huang Fengliu. Huang studied painting and then spent many years editing literary and art journals in Shanghai. Huang Binhong taught painting at fine arts colleges in Shanghai and Beijng until he moved to Hangzhou in 1948 where he taught at the West Lake Art College.

Gao Qifeng   Seiho TAKEUCHI

Gao Jianfu younger brother, Qifeng, accompanied him to Japan, where the younger man studied the art of Japanese realism, or Nihonga. This painting, with its combination of Western naturalism and Japanese decorative style, is a superb .......

When speaking of modern Japanese-style painting, the names Taikan YOKOYAMA and Seiho TAKEUCHI always arise. These two painters introduced European painting styles into traditional Japanese painting and harmonized them. .........

Pan Yu-Liang   1895-1977   Zhang Daqian  1899-1983

Pan Yuliang's complicated life gets more plentiful after her participation in art, with her defying and fending characteristics and through movies and teleplays, the world could rediscover her talent and her art. In 2006 spring, her solo exhibition "Pan Yuliang - the painting soul" was held in Na­tional Museum of History and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, through 120 paintings, her life and her art were clearly displayed, and the Pan Yu-liang fever is on the rise.       

Zhang Daqian, original name Zhang Yuan (張爰) and pseudonym Daqian, was one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century. He is also regarded by many art experts as one of the most gifted master forgers of the twentieth century. He excelled at all types of paintings, and is especially famous for his landscape, as well as lotus paintings.         

 Long Chin-San   1892-1995   Liu Kui-Ling  1885-1968

Mr. Chin-San Long, he was born Zhejiang Province in 1892 and passed away in 1995 at the age of 104. He devoted himself in the art of photography for more than 90 years. He made a profound commitment to the art of photography and lived almost every single minute with camera in hand.  Followed with his teacher Gin-Lan Lee, who was specialized in photography, during his youth, Long began to find interest in photograph.........

Liu Kuiling was born in the suburbs of Tianjin. His proximity to the countryside enabled him to observe animals and insects closely. He specialized in painting animals. His flowers and rocks were done in the boneless method without outlines. He was skillful with meticulous details. ..... 

 Ven. Hiu Wan    Japanese Connection

Ven. Hiu Wan was awarded the Cultural Prize in 1997 by the Executive Yuan, the nation's highest honor for personal achievement.

Aside from being a distinguished artist, she is a also renowned for her scholarship in Buddhism,


Although the Lingnan School stresses renewal and creativity, its essential spirit does not reside in rejection of traditional methods and inspiration. Rather, we consider ourselves heirs of tradition and we strive, clearly, toward

Chao Shao-Ang   Guan Shan Yue

Chao Shao-Ang is a native of Guangzhou, Guangdong. He founded the Lingnan Art Studio in Guangzhou. In 1937 he served as the head of the Department of Chinese Painting at the Guangzhou Municipal College of ..........

Guan Shanyue (1912, Yangjiang, Guangdong Province) graduated from Guangzhou Municipal Teachers Training College in 1933. His early work consisted of sketches made in Southwestern and ..................

Crossing Boundaries   Lingnan School of Painting

The “Crossing Boundaries 2010” Invitation Exhibition will be presented by Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, in association with the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Chinese Canadian Artists .......

So spectacularly successful had been Japan's modernization in the Meiji period that the Japanese were convinced that they had found the solution to the problem of how to adapt Western culture to East Asia, and t .......

Au Ho-Nien   Yangshan Shen

A painter with the bearing of a master, one can almost hear birdsong sounding through the mountains/ As he rises aloft to the Milky Way, he looks back on the innumerable peaks below . . . (Chao Shao-Ang)Thirty years ago Au Ho-nine master Chao Shao-Ang,.........

Yang Shan-hen is one of the most representative artists of the second generation of the Lingnan School of Painting. Specialized in bird and flower, figure, landscape painting and excelled in calligraphy, he is open-minded to adopt the s...................

James Tan   Henry Wo

In his years of study with established masters of the Lingnan school and more than fifteen more years of teaching other aspiring artists, James Tan has now emerged as a leader of the next generation of Lingnan brush .........

A subtle fusing of influences drawn from the East and the West softly permeates Wo paintings. He combines his strong heritage of Chinese brushwork and principles with his free translucent washes, punctuated with delicate linear accents.................






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