Frame size: 71.5 x 51 cm (28.15 x 20 inches)
Materials: Ink and colour on hemp paper
The north wind blows the sand into people’s eyes,
and the willow shook and brushed the stream.
The Imperial Scholar rises like a god.
His strange look draws attention:
Some of his teeth were missing.
His belt is fastened in a messy way.
His hat is not worn properly, and his toes are exposed through the boots.
He holds a book of god full of pages, as if he is announcing god’s new year blessing.
With the sound of firecrackers, the spring season has arrived.
I am making this painting of Imperial Scholar Mr. Zhong because he is a saint who brings blessing to the house.
By Jiangang Su in May 2019
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