Arts Scene 艺术空间

山水诗意,静谧花语

Women of China (English) - - CONTENTS - YE SHAN叶珊Photos Supplied by HAO MINGMING供图:郝明明

If you use watercolors and abstract images and patterns to depict Chinese landscapes in a painting, how will the painting look? For the answer, simply look at the paintings by Hao Mingming, the young artist in Chengdu (capital of southwestern China's Sichuan Province) who adopted the painting technique. Whispers of Flowers, one of the series of Hao's paintings, combines the beauty of watercolors with the techniques used to create Chinese landscape paintings, paper-cuts and shadow puppets. Hao strives to reflect the beauty of things commonly seen in people's daily lives in all of her paintings.中国传统的青绿山水画和西洋绘画技法相互碰撞,会产生怎样的火花?成都青年画家郝明明的《花语》系列,将水墨画、剪纸、皮影和西洋水彩相融合,表现人们常见的静物——花;这种将中国传统文化的形式美注入到日常生活的创作,形成了郝明明独特的绘画语言。

Hao's interest in painting grew out of watching her mother, Wei Juming, as she created works of art. Wei was renowned in her community for her calligraphies and traditional Chinese paintings. Wei moved to Japan to study in 1989. While there, she created a series of paintings about pandas. The vivid and lovely images of the pandas in Wei's works impressed many Japanese. Around that time, Wei noticed her young daughter had a good sense of how to use colors to create beautiful paintings.

While Hao was attending university in Sichuan, Wei suggested Hao spend her summer and winter vacations practicing calligraphy and learning the techniques used to make traditional Chinese landscape paintings. Learning how to paint landscapes was a way for Hao to learn how to respect nature. "Artists in ancient China used landscape paintings as a way to express their thoughts about nature, and about the relationship between nature and humans. I enjoy looking at traditional Chinese landscape paintings very much," Hao says.

Renowned Chinese painter He Duoling, who began teaching Hao in 2003, once said Hao exceled in using colors and abstract images to depict the "world in her mind."

After she finished her studies in Japan, Hao returned to China, and she began using the techniques she had learned to create works that revealed the beauty of Chinese landscapes. "China has impressed the world with its rapid economic development. We, Chinese people, also need to show the world the beauty of our unique culture and art. I hope my

paintings help express my respect for traditional Chinese culture, and that the paintings help people better recognize the beauty of their living environment," Hao explains.

From Hejiangting to Mount Tazi is one of Hao's paintings. Hejiangting and Mount Tazi are two of the well-known tourist sites in Chengdu. Hao combines the images of the sites with the images of lilies in From Hejiangting to Mount Tazi.

"How should we preserve well the beautiful architecture and landscapes in Chengdu during the city's modernization? I hope this painting, From Hejiangting to Mount Tazi, will help people realize the importance of keeping well the poetry of landscapes in our hometown." Hao says she likes painting landscapes and flowers, because that is a way to unveil the beauty in her everyday life.

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