Artist: Jiangang Su
Title: Love for Lotus
Media: Chinese ink on paper
Year: January 2021
Size: 69 x 23 CM
There are many kinds of herbaceous and woody flowers on the water and on the land, which are worthy of love.
Tao Yuanming of the Jin Dynasty only loved chrysanthemums.
Since Li’s Tang Dynasty, most people in the world have loved peony.
I only love that lotus flowers growing from the accumulated silt without being polluted, and after washing with clear water, they do not look glamourous. The shape of its stem in the middle is straight, not involved or branched, the fragrance spreads delicately, and it stands straight and clean in the water.
People can watch Lotus from a distance, but cannot easily play with it.
I think the chrysanthemum is the hermit in the flower;
the peony is the rich man in the flower;
the lotus is the gentleman in the flower for its noble character.
What! Tao Yuanming rarely heard of the love of chrysanthemums.
For lotus love, who else is like me?
For peony’s love, of course there are a lot of people!
Love for Lotus by North Song Dynasty’s Zhou Dun Yi
Calligraphy by Jiangang Su in Vancouver
Jiangang Su (born in 1974), graduated from Changshu Institute of Technology in Arts and Crafts. He specializes in traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy and seal carving. In the 1980s, he studied under Mr. Yan Gongda, a famous calligrapher and seal carver. Su is also an experienced art educator. His works are collected internationally and appear in the private collections of many art institutions and galleries. In 2017 he served as the Art Director of the Canada 150th Anniversary International Tea Festival. Su is a member of Jiangsu Calligraphers Association, the Suzhou Calligraphers Association, and is a senior registered Teacher of China.
2016 Carried by Materials and Navigating One’s Mind – Calligraphy and Crafts Exhibition organized by Suzhou Daily and Suzhou Art
2016 The Weight of Time – Documentary of Jiangang Su’s Art by Suzhou TV Station
2017 Moved to Vancouver. The refreshing style of his paintings are favoured by collectors in Toronto and Vancouver
2018 Artistic Conception Transcends Image – Exhibition of Jiangang Su’s Art, Shanghai
2020 Resonance of Paper Drifting – Exhibition and Online Auction of Paintings and Calligraphy by Jiangang Su, YKLM Auctions, Lipont Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2021 Happiness Lasting Forever – Exhibition and Online Auction of Paintings, Calligraphy and Seal Carving by Jiangang Su, YKLM Auctions, Lipont Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Canada 150th Anniversary Celebrations-Artist Achievement Award