Overseas media exhibition project of Chinese Artists, He Zengxiang

July 21 16:25 2020

The report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China put forward: “Cultural self-confidence.” The manifesto of this era also points out that culture is the soul of a country and a nation. Prosperity of culture means prosperity of the country, and a strong culture means a strong nation. Without a high degree of cultural confidence and cultural prosperity, there would be no great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Culture is the backbone and soul of a nation. It creates the soul and character of a country and a nation. A nation can exist in the world only if it has cultural self-confidence. Only when the people have faith can the country have strength and the nation have hope. Cultural self-confidence is the most important factor contributing to these goals. 

He Zengxiang is from Henan, China. He has never had the experience of painting since childhood, and he suddenly painted, perhaps because of God’s will, and has been infatuated with painting ever since. At that time, he took the initiative to show his paintings to a prestigious local old painter. He commented that it was abstract, while others said it was impressionist. Actually, I don’t know what abstraction and impressionism are. But I think there are two painting methods, one is tangible and the other is invisible. Tangible painting, before he painted, there were specimens (landscapes, flowers, people, etc.). When it comes to the highest level, the painting is the same as the real one. While the invisible one has no specimen, and it depends on the inner view to focus on the mind. It takes a certain amount of time to be quiet, calm, calm, give birth to wisdom, feel the blending of heart and nature, and let nature take its course. It is difficult to draw when your thoughts are not quiet.

It is also an insight into this painting method. After years of painting, watching, appreciating, and countless revisions, I have drawn the legendary Sunbird, Fire Dragon, and Sunfruit. Sunbird is the legendary God bird of virtue and Taoism, and it is combined with Fire Dragon into one realm, that is to say, Sunbird is Fire Dragon, and Fire Dragon is Sunbird. When the sunbird wants to get the sunfruit, the fire dragon appears various forms according to the idea of the sunbird, which helps the sunbird get the sunfruit. Sunfruit is actually the fire of gold, wood, water, fire and earth, that is, the source of fire. In fact, it is also a fire dragon. When the fire dragon is free, it is just as red and round as the sun. And after the sunbird gets the red garden light, it takes him to the sky. This is that legendary Sunbird. It was he who brought light and warmth to the earth and brought vitality to all generations. Note: After dinosaurs died out from the earth, people discovered dinosaur fossils and thought that there was a dinosaur age on the earth. Sunbird used to exist on the earth, but now people have forgotten it. Now I have drawn all the living habits of sunbirds, such as laying eggs, fire dragons, sunfruits, and sunbirds with my mind, which can be regarded as giving people a new understanding of the real sunbirds. This is called reincarnation, which is unique in the world. Accompanying (pure natural painting) imagines the natural artistic conception, and gives birth to the magical concept of quietness and wisdom. 

Sunbird and fire dragon with deep affection between mother and son 

Sunbird, fire dragon, sunfruit

The highest realm of painting art is natural. Self-improvement when there is nothing to ask for. He Zengxiang, a famous painter, is an artist with this kind of art’s natural state. Thanks to his wonderful artistic imagination and creativity of painting images, he was fortunate to change from a person who has nothing to do with painting to a master who studies freely and creates at will, all of which show the realm of art being natural, successful and quiet. Some people say that it is providence, but in fact it is the natural heart that connects with Danqing.

He has his own unique views on painting creation. He views the world and distinguishes it from “form” and “meaning”, which can be classified as form by him, and painting according to form is realistic; Comprehensible is classified as an idea by him. Painting with ideas is imagination. When painting tangible things, while talking and laughing, painting things with ideas requires meditation, meditation, no distractions, and thoughts, which can trigger nature and be wonderful because of ideas. This is his artistic creation principle, and it is also his artistic experience after years of cultivation. 

Sunbird and Fire Dragon 

Sunbird lays eggs 

As far as the level of painting art is concerned, the artistic height of painting with ideas is obviously higher than that of painting with shapes. Painting shapes are called reproducibility, while painting ideas are called expressionism. However, Mr He Zengxiang’s paintings belong to a higher level of expressionism, so his paintings are classified as abstract paintings or impressionistic oil paintings when they are handed over to experts for identification.

However, He Zengxiang’s impressionism works are not a creative misunderstanding of modern oil painting thoughts, but belong to Van Gogh’s impression: Being a form is not a pure reality form, but a form of imagination category. His impression of sunbird, sunfruit, fire dragon and so on is shaped. But the form is not from reality, but from the heart, which is the composition of legend and cultural imagination. It is also similar to Sunflower painted by Van Gogh. The form can be seen, but it is not from the sunflower of realistic ecology, but the impression created by Van Gogh’s artistic imagination. This kind of sunflower will produce surreal artistic charm through the magic form and strong color, so that every heart art will have great artistic shock. Van Gogh’s imagination has proved the artistic value of painting from the heart. Mr. He Zengxiang’s works of art prove that the artistic technique belongs to nature, without interference, and it is a miracle created by nature.

Sunbird discovered sunfruit

Sunbird, Sunfruit, Fire Dragon … Walk into He Zengxiang’s artistic world. They are fantastic in painting, wonderful in shape, moving in color, and far away in theme, reflecting the charm of artistic imagination. Driven by this charm, they will enter three dimensions from plane, and enter four dimensions from three dimensions. The sense of expansion and interlacing of space is the embodiment of another master of imaginative oil painting construction Da Vinci’s technique. Da Vinci’s unique technique of dividing and reconstructing painting space was mastered by He Zengxiang, and then he applied his own artistic creation: Three-dimensional length, width and height shape the shape of the picture, four-dimensional length, width and height, plus time, through the fusion of the imagination of the heart source, let the picture artistic conception produce the feeling of God, which is nothing in the world but only in the mind. These imaginary cultural images are not the result of paranoia, but the natural expression of cultural accomplishment reaching the peak, which is not random, deliberate, free from interference and intrusion, and the highest achievement of artistic means. In this sense, He Zengxiang’s paintings are the most magical natural paintings: Objectively, the mind tends to imagine naturally, concentrate on the mind, stay quiet, settle down, and settle into wisdom. By feeling the blending of mind and nature, let nature take its course and become a legend quietly! There is no unique achievement of Zengxiang oil painting without the perseverance.

Imagination of artistic conception painting is natural, and the magical view of quietness and wisdom is born. Art not only needs techniques, but also needs a wonderful mental method. He Zengxiang’s outstanding achievements in natural oil painting are artistic products based on the integration of mental method and techniques! Form, charm, legend and divine quality! He used his imagination and cultural accomplishment to explore philosophical and academic views from two to three, from three to four, and developed abstract art into the fruit of thought! Precious fruit is almost unique. 

Sunbird and Fire Dragon 

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