“XIANG CUN” –Traditional Chinese Painting Exhibition of Northern China Villages by Mr. YANG Xiaomin, October 21st to November 3rd 2013
Traditional Chinese brush and ink paintings embrace the manifold wisdom and art of the Chinese people. This exhibition presents villages of northern China in traditional Chinese paintings by Mr. YANG Xiaomin from Nanjing University Arts & Calligraphy Centre. To record the fading traditions of northern China villages, the artist took some time off teaching travelling to villages in several provinces along the Yellow River, including Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Hebei, Shandong. With the first-hand experience, Mr. YANG produced a series of paintings presenting a unique perspective. These works of art records the traditions and changes through the times ofthe villages of northern China, boasting both artistic and historical values.
Opening ceremony of Mr. YANG Xiaomin’s traditional Chinese painting exhibition
The opening ceremony of Mr. YANG Xiaomin’s traditional Chinese painting exhibition was held at the Michaelhouse Centre in Cambridge on Monday 21st October. Themed “Northern China Villages”, this exhibition displays 20 paintings by Mr. YANG who is from Nanjing University Oriental Artworks Centre. Present in the opening ceremony include Chinese Embassy representative Ms. FENG Xinzeng, the Michaelhouse Centre manager Ms. Sue Binns and scholars and artists from Cambridge. <More information … >
Location and Time
St. Mary's Church, Trinity Street
Cambridge, CB2 1SU
Monday, 21 October 2013 – Saturday, 3 November 2013 (Exc. Sunday)
from 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cambridge Eastern Education and Development Society (CEEDS)
Chinese Culture Promotion Society of Jiangsu Province (CCPS)
University of Nanjing Oriental Calligraphy & Painting Research Centre
The Exhibition opening event will be on Monday, 21 October at 18.00 – 19.00 with the attendance of the artist, scholars and students from the University, local artists and the organisers from CEEDS. If you are interested to attend the opening please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Depends on the availability, an invitation card will be sent to you to confirm your attendance.
Biography – Mr. YANG Xiaomin
Mr. YANG Xiaomin is the deputy director and professor of Nanjing University Oriental Art Works Research Centre, Arts Office director of Nanjing University Press, and also a senior member of China Artists Association.
Mr. Yang has many publications on books and journals like “Observing Art”, “Painting Magazine”, “Chinese Painters”, “Oriental Art” and etc. He has been to conferences and academic sketching trips to the US, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and etc.
By invitation of the China Embassy in South Africa in 2011, Mr. Yang presented in the ‘Sino-African Relations Symposium’ and held a solo painting exhibition. In 2012, Mr. Yang held a joint exhibition with Prof. Bertrand BELLON of University of Paris, themed ‘Dialogue between Paris and Nanjing’. Same year, Mr. Yang held an exhibition in University of Louisville themed ‘Vitality’ and donated works to the Louisville Cancer Research Centre.
The collection of Mr. Yang can be found in notable universities, Chinese embassies, religious organisations, museums from all over the world as well as many private painters and collectors.
A selection of paintings from this exhibition are available for charity auction to support the annual volunteer teaching programme in post-earthquake regions of west China being run by CEEDS. On May 12, 2008, the northern part of Sichuan Province was struck by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake which killed over 68,000 people. Then, on April 14, 2010, China’s remote Yushu county (on the Tibetan plateau), was struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, leaving over 2,000 dead and tens of thousands injured. Children suffered the most from these earthquakes; and many of them lost their schools, their homes or even their parents.
To help these underdeveloped post-earthquake region schools and their students, from 2010 summer CEEDS has organised an annual volunteer teaching programme to send Cambridge students to schools in Sichuan and Qinghai to give classes and organise interactive activities, in order to encourage these school children to study harder despite all the difficulties. Please follow the links below to know more about our previous years’ volunteer teaching programmes:
In the meantime, we are also accepting direct donations which will help us to organise these charity events. To make us your bits please go to our website at www.cam-ceeds.org/sponsor_us. We will make sure that every penny of your donation will be used for charitable activities of the kind. We sincerely thank Mr. Yang who has generously donated his paintings for this auction, and we thank you all for your kind support in our charity cause!
Cambridge University CEEDS Society
August 26, 20103
We suggest you to think seriously before make the bidding. If you do like any of our exhibited paintings, all you need to do is to fill up a bidding form and drop it in the letterbox on site, or make your bidding online (via bidding links beside each painting). At the end of the exhibition, the highest bidder will be notified by us before November 10th in obtaining the artworks. The rules for the sealed bidding are as follow:
1. The auction date is from now on until November 9th. Each painting for this auction is attached with a certificate card signed by the artist.
2．Every bidder can choose up to five paintings they want purchase, ranking from 1 – 5 (or indicate your preference online). At the end of the auction we will sell paintings to the highest bidder and make adjustments according to your preference.
3. Please make sure to provide us authentic information. The bidding is considered invalid if you provide wrong or incomplete information.
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5. If you have not heard from us after November 15th, you may assume your bidding has been unsuccessful. However, there may be still some unsuccessfully bid paintings available to purchase. You are welcome to come to the exhibition webpage to have a check.
6. If you have submitted the bidding, we have the rights to require you purchase the artworks. If you change your idea, please let us know in writing before November 10th.
7. We prefer you to take the painting by yourself, or by postal or delivery with shipping fee.
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Exhibition Paintings (Click on the picture to expand)
No. 1 Family Portrait 1.23m (width)×2m (height)
This portraits a typical Chinese family of farmers, with four generations living together, which draws inspiration from the artist's own family. 'A family of four generations under one roof' serves as one of the Chinese interpretations for family happiness, which in particular is reflected by the smile on the members of the family. The peonies on the right demonstrate wealth within the family. Robotic cat Doraemon at the bottom left and plane on the top right indicates the era of this painting.
No. 2 September 0.7m (width)×1.37m (height)
This painting shows the freedom of life in nature. The most ordinary trees, grass and creek lives happily and freely under the sun shine. Their breath can be heard like human beings. This is life of the highest dignity.
No. 3 Excursion to the countryside 0.75m (width)×1.44m (height)
Weary of the stress, noise and over-crowdedness, city-dwellers seek the serenity of a country. On the other hand, it has always been the farmers wanting to live the 'city dream'. At the bottom left, farmers are staring in amazement at the intruding 'city slickers'. The steam train at the top left illustrates that it is the industrialisation of China.
No. 4 Autumn of Lvliang Mountain 0.65m (width)×1.33m (height)
Falling and decaying of leaves are typical sceneries in the autumn rain and wind; the scene evokes sorrow and pain. Autumn is the most sentimental season for the Chinese, and frequently appears in verses and poems of the 'Tang' and 'Song' Dynasties. In this painting, tree branches scatter and the hill appears barren; a shepherd is hiding in the hay, away from the wind. The flowing water seems to be the only liveliness here in this painting.
No. 5 Autumn in the countryside 0.69m (width)×1.37m (height)
This painting leans towards expressionism. The 'Chinese ink' used depicts the artist's intuition for the life in autumn, and the 'Chinese paper' records the artist’s excitement at the time of the painting. The force and boldness are evident. Not for auction
No. 6 Village after the snow 0.7m (width)×1.38m (height)
The distant village, covered in snow, is vaguely visible through the trees. The pond is still but the grass pops out the snow shows a sign of life. There's a solitary bird's nest in the tree to the right, but where are the birds?
No. 7 Dusk 0.68m (width)×1.37m (height)
At dusk, the shepherd is blowing the reed for some 'homecoming' tunes. The sheep are gathering towards the music and ready to go home. The artist presented the moment in brief and bold strokes.
No. 8 Country houses 0.48m (width)×0.6m (height)
Trees are dancing in the wind, with country houses still in the distance. Lines are the soul of traditional Chinese painting, of which this painting is mainly consisted. The artist uses relatively dry brush to depict the movement of the trees, adding rhythm to the painting. Not for auction
No. 9 Village in June 0.48m (width)×0.6m (height)
June is the season of abundance: crops thrive and wheat is harvested. The village at the foot of the hill and the trees in the field are blending together in the wind. Surrounded by the lively atmosphere, a shepherd is peacefully napping by the pond.
No. 10 A household 0.48m (width)×0.6m (height)
The trees, weeds and hill form a dynamic image, concealing the mysteriousness of the house. The stillness of the water is broken the woman washing clothes in the river, which forms ripples on the surface.
No. 11 Two old friends 0.7m (width)×0.46m (height)
Two old friends are happily chatting whilst smoking tobacco pipes. The puppy is looking very happy too as if it is in the conversation. This is a typical village life at leisure and comfort.
No. 12 Old friends 0.46m (width)×0.7m (height)
The shepherd is happily catching up with his old friends. The goats seem curious about their talk. In Chinese, goat “Yang” is pronounced similar to auspicious “xiang”, so the goats in the picture also express the artist’s good wishes.
No. 13 Old man and the dogs 0.46m (width)×0.7m (height)
Dogs are much loved by farmers, and represent loyalty. The old man holding a pipe in the painting seems to be communicating with the mother dog while the naughty puppy is curiously looking towards the yard.
No. 14 Village End 0.68m (width)×0.96m (height)
The paper of this painting is made with a traditional Chinese technique which dates back more than 2000 years. One may still see the plant fibre at its fringe. In the picture, the village woman is washing clothes with a laundry bat, a common scene in Chinese villages.
No. 15 Summer Begin 0.46m (width)×0.7m (height)
Around 'Summer Begin' in the Chinese solar term, it is the time of the year to transplant rice seedlings. The farmers are working hard in the water field. Tree leaves are wavering in the wind. It looks like rain is coming.
No. 16 Spring nap 0.47m (width)×0.7m (height)
One afternoon in spring, an old chap is taking a nap on haystacks, while bathing the sun. The two dogs are waiting besides him. This is a typical village life in northern China.
No. 17 Gaze 2.45m (width)×1.23m (height)
Traditionally, China is an agricultural country. With the economic development, cities have grown rapidly. The farmers are gazing at the ever-expanding urban areas. Not for auction
No. 18 The Railways 2.45m (width)×1.23m (height)
Cultural differences are diminishing with globalisation, the. The shattered ancient statues along the railway represent the cultural rupture. The question is: where does the railway lead to? Where are we heading for? Not for auction
No. 19 Chitchat in the wood - version 1 1.38m (width)×0.35m (height)
In the countryside of northern China, you may easily see a group of old men, chitchatting under trees. Dogs are waiting by their masters, and it is their happiest time too! After the chat, they are going home with their masters.
No. 20 Chitchat in the wood - version 2 1.49m (width)×0.47m (height)
In the countryside of northern China, you may easily see a group of old men, chitchatting under trees. Dogs are waiting by their masters, and it is their happiest time too! After the chat, they are going home with their masters. Not for auction
No. 21 Back to the village 1.43m (width) x 0.75m (height)
More and more villagers are taking up jobs and starting to live in the cities, but they will go back to their home villages during holidays. They've brought the urban way of living back to their home. The people in this painting are dressed in urban style reflecting the change of their identities and lives. The industrial estates in the background are the obvious signs of the changes the villages in China are going through. Not for auction