Artist: Jiangang Su
Writing under the Window
Chinese ink on paper
33.4 x 46 CM
The time of pen use is calculated in months, the time of ink use is calculated in years, and the time of inkstone use is calculated in generations. The brush is the sharpest, followed by ink, and the inkstone is the least sharp. Isn’t this the longevity of being blunt, but the death of being too sharp? The brush moves the most, followed by the ink, while the inkstone is still. Isn’t this a long life at rest, but a short lifespan in exercise? So I know the principle of health preservation. We must use bluntness as the body and quietness for the purpose. Only in this way can we live a long life.
An impetuous person must not have a deep insight into things. The timid person must not have an insight beyond the ordinary. People who are too addicted must not have passionate ambitions. Talking people must not have the heart to do it. People who are too courageous often fail to have the elegance of literature.
When the good feelings suddenly come, you can drink wine without having a good meal. Once unruly affection is sent, even if there is nothing in your hands, you can give away the clouds to others as gift.
Jiangang Su writing under the little window 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