Hunan-born artist returns with solo show
Hunan-born artist Wei Jun has returned to his hometown to exhibit his latest works at the Yi Gallery in Kaifu district of Changsha.
The exhibition, which runs until Oct 15, gives art lovers a close-up view of Wei Jun's famous fine brushwork of flowers and birds in traditional Chinese painting styles.
Born in Yiyang in the northern part of Hunan province in 1973, Peng Weijun whose alias is Wei Jun took an interest in art from an early age. After completing his study at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in traditional Chinese painting, Wei Jun travelled to Beijing to make his fortune like so many others before him.
Liu Chen, curator of the exhibition in Changsha, said that it took Wei Jun 10 years before getting noticed in Beijing, and that others were not so lucky.
"Qi Baishi (a modern noted Chinese artist) immigrated to Beijing when he was 57 years old and became a "beipiao", or Beijing drifter, which refers to those who struggle to make a living in the capital," Liu said.
"Wei Jun followed Qi's suit, but he gained a firm foothold making many remarkable art achievements."
After years of hard work, Wei Jun is now a member of the China Artists Association, director of China Hue Art Association and president of Beijing Danqingshengshi Calligraphy and Painting Academy.
He has held several solo shows in Sichuan, Jiangsu, Gansu, Tianjin and Guangzhou before returning to his hometown.
A four-day art education course will be also launched for children given by Art Junior, a professional art education team from Central Academy of Fine Arts during the exhibiting period on Sept 30, Oct 1, Oct 14 and 15.
Children taking part will be able to gain insights of Wei Jun's works under guidance of teachers and try their hands at learning how to create traditional Chinese realistic paintings, especially flowers and birds.
The art event is sponsored by Hunan Artists Association and Hunan Provincial Painting Academy, and organized by Yidian Space Art Communications.
Source: Changsha Evening News