Humorous animal paintings tickle Changsha
An exhibition featuring 168 of Huang's playful works opened at the Meilun Art Museum in Changsha on April 23.
An exhibition featuring 168 Chinese zodiac animal paintings by the Chinese artist Huang Yongyu is open to the public at the Meilun Art Museum in Changsha, Hunan province. [Photo/news.changsha.cn]
The 93-year-old artist, who is well-known in China for his sense of humor and down-to-earth style, put together this latest exhibition almost by accident.
In 2006, Huang decided to make a special calendar for his friends as a New Year's gift, decorating each month with a painting of one animal from the Chinese zodiac.
His cute calendars proved hugely popular, so Huang kept up the tradition for the next 12 years. Together with the hand-painted covers and flyleaves, he ended up with a collection of 168 original works, and the Twelve Months of Twelve Years exhibition was born.
Huang Yongyu's works often include witty dialogues or monologues written by himself. [Photo/news.changsha.cn]
Under Huang's brush, the twelve zodiac animals look funny and lively, often incorporating a witty dialogue or monologue written by the Hunanese artist himself to highlight the character of the animal.
A visitor admires Huang's paintings on the opening day of the exhibition in Changsha on April 23. [Photo/news.changsha.cn]
After being exhibited at Beijing's prestigious National Museum of China, the collection will now be on show in Changsha until May 23.