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Shao Dazhen/Text

(Shao Dazhen is a director of the China Artists Association, a member of the Expert Committee of the National Contemporary Art Research Center, and an executive editor of Fine Arts magazine)

As a landscape painter, Wan Ding is an all-rounder, with extraordinary performances in blue, green, golden, and light crimson, both large and small pieces.

Speaking of his green and golden landscape.

The green mountains and rivers are related to the Jinbi mountains and rivers. Compared with the "green mountains and rivers", the Jinbi mountains and rivers are more muddy and golden, hence the name. The representative figures of Jinbi landscapes are Li Sixun and Li Zhaodao in the early Tang Dynasty. They inherited and developed Zhanzi’s pious green landscapes, and created a “green, green, golden and bi” style with neat and meticulous brushwork and rich and beautiful colors, which contributed to the later Chinese landscape painting art. Had a huge and far-reaching impact.

Since the Tang Dynasty, the green and golden landscapes have written a glorious page in the history of Chinese painting with rich colors and gorgeous language. Later, they gradually declined. The main reason for this is that the aesthetic taste of literati painting has caused artists to worry that the delicate and exquisite techniques will make people mistaken for the craftsmanship and tackiness of artistic taste. Since Wang Wei put forward in his "Shan Shui Jue, ink and wash are the best among husbands’ paintings", ink paintings based on the concept of five colors of ink began to occupy an important position, coupled with the spread of ancient metaphysical thoughts, and "extremely gorgeous, attributed to With the spiritual pursuit of "plain", the ink landscape is increasingly indifferent to color. Dong Qichang’s "South and North Sect Theory" promoted the taste of literati who promoted the South and the North, and made the ink landscape recognized by the mainstream society and became an important way of expression for literati and doctors. This concept is still continuing in the creation of Chinese paintings. In, become the pillar of the spirit of pen and ink.


Yun Mi Taibai


Sunrise Eastern Great Qin Zhenghui

Nevertheless, the green and golden landscape, with its distinctive painting language and graceful and beautiful temperament, is different from the literati painting's feelings of being born in the world, and still has its own living space. With the development of society, the diversified and diverse concepts of art continue to penetrate into the hearts of the people, various art forms continue to emerge, and a single aesthetic mode can not meet the aesthetic needs of the broad audience. Some people like ink and wash with simple language, and some like meticulous brushwork with strong colors...Simplification is contrary to the laws of art: the variety and style of art are difficult to distinguish between high and low. The key is to see how the artist expresses himself in the way he is good at Talent and wisdom, show the artistic style with a personality. Therefore, the green and golden mountains and rivers have now gained their due position. I cannot fail to mention the contributions made by senior art masters such as Zhang Daqian and He Haixia. Due to their outstanding painting achievements and vigorous advocacy, the green and golden landscapes have become an art form that ordinary people are willing to accept in modern times.


Qinling Heihe


The beautiful scenery of Daqin at sunrise

Wan Ding, under the guidance of He Haixia, got the guidance of a higher teacher. He started out beyond ordinary people. Later, he studied systematically at Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts and studied for master’s degree in Chinese painting. He gathered the strengths of various experts and worked in the relatively deserted green and golden landscape. , Has been doing tireless research, and gradually formed a unique artistic face.

Wanding's green, green and golden landscape works have a distinctive feature, that is, they bring in the hearty ink language, so that the works are rigorous and noble, revealing unrestrainedness and freedom, and creating a mysterious and magnificent realm. He incorporates the freehand brushwork of landscape painting, ink splashing, and shallow crimson ink into the green, golden and green language, forming an agile atmosphere and a hearty artistic effect that blends ink, color and water, and complements each other.

Wanding respects the tradition and devotes itself to the creation of ancient people. He has read the classics of the past dynasties, carefully copied the masterpieces of the Song and Yuan Dynasties and the essence of Ming and Qing ink paintings, figured out the language skills of various schools, understood their ideas and ingenuity, and worked hard to transform them into his own cultivation. He pays great attention to life. He takes Qinling as his home, takes "the unity of mountains and humans" as his motto, and takes the expression of mountains and rivers as his artistic goal. He has been accompanied by Qinling in reading, thinking and sketching for a long time. To express its vigorous power and rich beauty, he painted the "Qinling Mountains and Waters" series. The brushwork and color of these works are intertwined, and the form and the meaning are mutually inward and outward, revealing extraordinary momentum and charming charm. He has strict requirements for his creation: "You must feel the natural state of nature and the rational state of structure and texture in the true state of nature, before you can paint." He emphasizes the description of details and details, and pays more attention to the overall structure of the picture. With the trend of Heda, the language of painting has strong expressiveness and appeal. It can be seen in works such as "Ode to Yan'an" and "Clouds Crossing the Qinling Mountains". While using the exquisite and magnificent painting language and delicate and in-depth expression skills of Jinbi landscapes, he uses a completely relaxed approach to the air currents and mists in the mountains. In his artistic technique, azurite green and ink color are mixed and misty, and the paintings are in random shades, virtual and real, and the image goes beyond the brush and ink. The two techniques echo each other, with clear levels, and they are unified in comparison. The so-called "Well-enlightened people don't talk too much, and good scholars follow the rules." Without careful study of previous works, without long-term sketching experience and summarizing these experiences, it is difficult to combine the two perfectly.

Wan Ding's works are romantic and dreamy. His signature in the work is very interesting. The two characters of his name are joined together, like a "dream". I wonder if he did it intentionally? In works such as "A Touch of Sunset Into the Boundary", we can strongly feel the author's romantic feelings, from the momentum of the composition to the bold use of colors, it makes us have a plausible feeling of the picture in front of us, trance in heaven and on earth . In "The Yellow River Pours in, the Earth Rejuvenates", the large mountain of Lancui encases a large meandering golden river, surging down. In front of this world, under the irresistible, gushing and surging aura, people seem small. People seem to have lost themselves in the dizziness, and they seem to become a golden spot in the picture, following the airflow of the picture, following the airflow of the picture. Natural rhythm and floating. The use of golden and green colors gives the picture a strange atmosphere. The azurite green is calm and gorgeous on the ink color, and the gold color just shows the striking mountains and rocks, and the instantaneous disappearance of the water droplets. The boundless mountains lined the golden luminous drops of water more faintly blue, as if stars filled the entire sky, dazzling. In this picture that is as deep as the sea and like the vast and indistinct starry sky, we seem to be able to hear the gorgeous music played by nature, deafening.

This dreamy feeling came about because Wanding changed the traditional method of using gold. Traditional Jinbi landscape gold is generally used to outline mountains, houses, trees, etc. It is highly decorative, but relatively rigid, prone to criticisms such as "craftsmanship" and "cheesy". On the other hand, Wan Ding changed his usual usage, and the randomly swayed golden spots flashed and jumped in the screen. Due to the extensive use of water, gold and ink and stone colors become more agile, accidental and casual in their mutual rendering, thus removing the stereotyped decorative effect and creating a dreamlike meaning of the colored glaze world.


Spring rain washes south 

Daqin has rejuvenated

Because of his profound cultivation of green, green and golden landscapes, Wanding’s shallow landscapes are naturally unique. In particular, his sketches are self-contained in writing, ink, and composition. They have form, spirit, affection and meaning, which make people love them.

Wan Ding's landscape creation can stand on his own in the painting circle with his own unique style, which is hard work. He is an honest, confident and humble artist who understands that there is a long way to go. I believe that he will continue to break through himself, break through his predecessors, and continuously achieve new artistic achievements in his future artistic journey!

About Wanding Art

Wan Ding, currently a member of the Shaanxi Provincial Political Consultative Conference, a director of the Chinese Artists Association, a vice chairman of the Shaanxi Artists Association, a professor of landscape painting at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, a deputy dean of the Xi'an Chinese Painting Academy, a visiting scholar at Renmin University of China, a visiting professor at Shanxi University, Qinghai Visiting professor of the university, visiting professor of Shaanxi University of Architecture and Technology, visiting professor of Louisiana State University.

1973: He studied under the famous landscape painter Mr. He Haixia.
1987: Enrolled in a master's degree in landscape painting at Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts
1990: Obtained a master's degree in art, and is currently a professor of landscape painting at Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts.
1994: Published a personal album "Wanding Landscape Painting Techniques".
1995: At the invitation of "Century University" in Louisiana, USA, he went to the school for academic lectures and painting exhibitions.
1996: He was awarded the visiting professor and honorary artist of Louisiana State University, and the honorary mayor of Badenluo.
1997: Published personal painting collection "Wan Ding 1997".
1998: "Wanding Painting Exhibition" sponsored by Shaanxi Pictorial and publishing "Shaanxi Pictorial-Wanding Special Collection"
2000: "Wanding Art Studio" and "Wanding Art Base" were established on June 6
2001: Included in the compilation of "A Collection of Sketches of Famous Chinese Landscape Painting Artists".
2001: "Wanding Fan Exhibition" was held in Xi'an.
2002: "Wanting Fan Exhibition" was held at Shantou Ancient and Modern Art Museum
2003: Held "Wanding Landscape Painting Exhibition" in Guangdong Painting Academy
2004: Draw the "Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Fixed Communication Service Partner" Chinese fan commemorative boutique.
2005: "Wanding Fan Painting Collection" published by People's Fine Arts Publishing House
2007: Held the "Wanding Spring Fan Exhibition" in Yuanlin Gallery
2008: "Drawing a Blue Sky for Ning Qiang's Children" 5.12 Disaster Relief Charity Sale Exhibition in Xi'an
2008: Held a Wanding Painting Exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mr. He Haixia
2010: Invited to create a huge (1000cmX2000cm) golden and green landscape "Yun Heng Qinling" for Danfeng Gate of Daming Palace National Heritage Park
2011: Served as the artistic director of the "Chang'an Spirit" Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Painting Masters in Shaanxi, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi'an, and Russia.
2011: Shanghai Painting and Calligraphy Publishing House Duo Yunxuan published "Wanding Chinese Landscape Painting Collection".
2011: Participated in the art delegation of the Shaanxi Artists Association and visited Russia for art exchanges.
2011: Representative of the "Ninth Congress of Chinese Literary and Art Circles".
2012: On February 2th, to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, the Wanding Landscape Painting Exhibition was held at the Tokyo Chinese Cultural Center in Japan.
2013: Member of the Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the XNUMXth Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
2013: On April 4th, in the name of Danqing—Guardian Da Qinling Wanding Landscape Painting Exhibition opened at China National Academy of Painting
2013: May 5nd, in the name of Danqing—Guardian of the Great Qinling Mountains and Waters Painting Exhibition opened in Shanxi Taiyuan-Shanxi Art Museum
2013: In November, at the 11th Congress of the Chinese Artists Association, he was elected as a director of the Chinese Artists Association.
2014: Organized and planned a national tour exhibition of outstanding young and middle-aged works by the Shaanxi Artists Association.
2014: Invited to create a huge landscape painting "Looking at the Mountains and Looking at the Mountains of the Motherland" for the Great Hall of the People.

Article reprinted from Gemini


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