Frame size: 71.12 x 50.8 cm (28 x 20 in.)
Materials: Ink and colour on hemp paper
(Artist’s first name “Jiangang”)
(Mind travels outside the heart.)
This painting was created on the day of the Duan Wu Festival (also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, which is the 5th day of the 5th month of the Lunar Calendar) of year 2019 by Jiangang Su at the south window of his Ye Shan Fang (Leaf and Mountain Studio) in Vancouver.
The character depiction in this painting is very vivid, and the detailed description of the character in the opening phase and the concise expression of clothing patterns form a contrast in the painting’s density. The dot, line and plane relationship formed by the old pine, the crow, and the well-written small-scale inscription poem is also remarkably interesting, bringing people into the tranquil mood of the monastic abode.
Translated by Toni Zhang McAfee and Dr. Jan Walls.
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