Materials: Ink and colour on hemp paper
red seal and white seal pair: Jiangang
red seal: Mind travels far
white seal: Jiangang Su’s collection
Poem by Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu
An official has lost his job, burned his badge,
and rode a white horse deep into a mountain to be a hermit.
He used three full years to read ten thousand scrolls.
Clouds were thick and the river was running rapidly.
Wealth comes from hard work, and men must read five carts of books.
The subjects of this painting are painting and calligraphy supplies at the corner of a study. It expresses the importance of reading and studying. Although life is hard, the saying “Golden House is in the Book” still makes people feel rich in learning knowledge. The subject matter of the painting itself is refreshing and elegant, full of literary spirit. The poem written on the side brings the atmosphere to a higher level.
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