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The Impression of Jiangnan 

-Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition of Shun Wang


Shun Wang, also known as Xiaoshi, contemporary Chinese calligrapher and brush painting artist.

Shun was born in 1950 in Liaoning, China. He has enjoyed drawing since his childhood, and trying to find the essence of Chinese calligraphy and brush painting for decades. In his early youth, Shun was sent to the countryside to engage in agricultural production like other 16 million participants in the "Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside Movement" policy. In 1971, he returned to Shenyang and became a policeman. In the same year, he started learning calligraphy and brush painting on his own. For decades, he has been spending most of his spare time practicing and studying different features and motifs from famous masters’ works.

In 2002, Shun retired from the police force and focused on his artistic career. He traveled to many famous mountains and rivers around China and sketched a lot from nature, finally he formed his own unique personal style and created many landscape paintings combining both deep tradition and the flavor of new times. Based on his skillful ink-brush techniques and deep intentions, his artworks expressed his careful observations of life and the nature. Each of his artworks fully displayed his strong artistic foundation and presentation techniques. Especially in dry-ink landscape painting (also called Jiaomo Shanshui), Shun shows his talent to the world. His work has been shown in many national art exhibitions and is valued by collectors from all over world.


2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Japan and China. It is also the 15th anniversary of Shun Wang's debut as a professional calligrapher and Chinese ink painter. It is a year of celebration. Through this exhibition, we hope can help more people around the globe appreciate the beauty of Chinese art and to recognize, from these artworks, the harmonious spirit embraced by the Chinese people. At the same time, we  hope Japanese and Chinese people can continue to develop and maintain strong relationships through art.

Jiangnan, refers to the region south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in China. It was roughly paralleled to a combination of Jiangsu, Shanghai and Anhui nowadays. Shun loves these areas so much. He went to Jiangnan area many times to get close to the nature and look for his inspiration for his art creations. This exhibition will feature about 30 pieces of Shun Wang, not only to show the beautiful landscape of Jiangnan, but also expressed his careful observations of life and the nature.

Morning View of Jiangnan 6 pieces 

Ink Painting (color) 2017 35cm x 35cm

These 6 pieces are depicting the serenity of Jiangnan landscape embrace by misty fog in early morning. By using the mix of green and chinese ink as base colour, the vibrant village by the mountain has been brought to life. You may observe there are different techniques used here to paint the trees in several way.

The Songs of Clouds and Water | View of Pine Trees and Clouds | Yun Ju Tu

Mountain Farmhouse  | Looking Up

Ink Painting (color) 2017 35cm x 35cm

These series are called as Feng Shui style painting. In Chinese painting for landscape,  "Clouds" is representing full of joy; "Mountains" representing having someone can be rely on; "Houses" reflecting the prosperity of descendants; "Pine tree" mean prosperous with all treasures. The characteristic of this style of painting is that it always demonstrating with very clear outline.

Entrance to Village | Autumn Memories | Autumn view of Xishan

Ink Painting (color) 2017 35cm x 35cm

Small Town in Jiangnan (Spring ・Fall) 4pieces

Ink Painting (color) 2017 35cm x 35cm

The black roofs with white walls are the unique side of  Jiangnan’s building. The waterway, bridges, and boats as part of the water village landscape, are common features of ancient town in Jiangnan. These four pieces depicting the four season in Jiangnam’s town illustrating with changes in colour by season.

This is a technique that interplay of water and ink on rice paper, with the brushwork and diffusion of the ink to depict the desire landscape.

Canyon 2 pieces

Ink Painting (color) 2017 35cm x 35cm

Using light colors and inks to depict the distant of mountain and river that flowed into the canyon. In Chinese ink painting, to give prominence to the main subject, it is quite permissible to omit the background entirely and simply leave it blank. At the same time, since the sizes and shapes of the spaces in the painting are different, the very absence of content can itself create rhythm and variety. Sometimes the variety and balance created in this way is further enriched by the addition of inscriptions in the empty space.

Shi Shi Ru Yi

Ink Painting (color) 2017 35cm x 35cm

This painting was drew by Shun Wang's wife Min Zhou. Min Zhou started ink painting from earlier this year.

The persimmon is grown for its large juicy fruits and is often called the ‘Chinese fig’. It grows well on mountain slopes in northern China. The fruits are orange and shaped like beef tomatoes. The bright orange/red color makes it suitable for festive decorations.

As 事 shì ‘matter; business; affair’ sounds the same it is used to combine with other objects to give good wishes for an undertaking. With oranges (tangerines) it means ‘good luck in your affairs’ with an apple it means ‘contentment in affairs’. It is often planted in temple gardens as it is said to have four virtues: long life; sheltering birds; giving shade and freedom from insect pests.

One of Shun Wang's representative works which use Jiaomo techniques.

Jiaomo(dry-ink) is a technique that draw with only ink but without diluting with water. It requires to draw with a brush in a stroke and not to cheat at all.

*This piece was selected for the 24th Sesshu International Art Society Exhibition which will be unveiled at The National Art Centre Tokyo in December 2017.

Spring and Canyon in Fall

Ink Painting (dry-ink) 2015 198cm x 68cm

Gao Shan Liu Shui 2pieces

Ink Painting (color) 2017  65cm x 34cm

Senmen-ga 6pieces

Ink Painting (color) 2017  65cm x 34cm

PART Ⅱ Yayu Wang's Colored Pencil Artworks


Yayu Wang, Shun Wang's daughter, was born in Liaoning, China.

Deeply influenced by Yayu's father, since childhood, she was passionate about art. After she graduated from art education University in Shenyang China, she became an elementary school teacher. In 2002, she come to Japan to study Japanese culture.  She currently working for a Japanese major publishers and struggling as a photographer and colored pencil artist.

Yayu's artworks are deeply influenced by Yunnan Zhongcai painting style (heavy color painting) in China which is using rich color and decorative composition. She combining both reality and fantasy worlds to create her own style.


Night View of Yokohama 

Colored Pencil 2017 31.5cm x 32.5cm


Colored Pencil 2017 31.5cm x 31.5cm

Cheery Blossom Party Day

Colored Pencil 2017 31.5cm x 31.5cm

Girl Playing With Fireflies

Colored Pencil 2017 31.5cm x 31.5cm


Colored Pencil 2017 31.5cm x 31.5cm

Sunset 2pieces

Colored Pencil 2017 29.7cm x 21cm

Enoshima is one of Yayu's favorite places in Japan. These two pieces of sunset in Enoshima were drew in oil painting style. Yayu used erasing techniques with Electronic eraser to represent the light at the sea surface and the waves.

Thank you so much for appearance today. To see more artworks of artists please click the links below.

Shun Wang's Artworks                            Yayu Wang's Artworks

Some artworks displayed in this exhibition are for sale. Click here for purchase inquiry.

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