Jia Heng joins in paint­ings of Mu­lan sto­ries

Changjiang Weekly - - CULTURE - By Wang Dong­fang

Changjiang Daily and the Huangpi Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee jointly launched a large-scale ac­tiv­ity called "Vis­it­ing Mu­lan's Home­town and Paint­ing Chi­nese Sto­ries" on Septem­ber 5. The or­ga­niz­ers in­vited well-known pain­ters to visit Mu­lan's home­town in Huangpi to pro­duce a Mu­lan paint­ing series. Jia Heng, who is one of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Hubei oil paint­ing and has paid close at­ten­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of Huangpi's coun­try­side for five years, was in­vited as a spe­cial guest to join the project. Jia re­vealed that she will give an ab­stract demon­stra­tion of Mu­lan's story through her oil paint­ings.

Jia grad­u­ated from the Depart­ment of Oil Paint­ing of the Hubei In­sti­tute of Fine Arts. Her works have been dis­played in over­seas art ex­hi­bi­tions. In 2013, Jia and her stu­dents went to sketch na­ture scener­ies in the Du­tang vil­lage of Huangpi. "It im­pressed me as a re­mote and back­ward place at the time, but af­ter five years when I came here early this year it had be­come a land of idyl­lic beauty."

As to the paint­ings of Mu­lan, Jia Heng said that she plans to cre­ate a series of pic­tures in an oil paint­ing whose shape re­sem­bles a smaller-sized film screen. The paint­ing will be six me­ters in length. When un­folded, the paint­ing, like comic strips, can fully present the story of Mu­lan, from her birth to her re­turn­ing home, and show­case the his­tory and the brave spirit of Mu­lan be­hind.

Jia Heng's paint­ing "Reen­counter" based on Huangpi scenery

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