Materials: Ink and colour on hemp paper Image size: 63 x 66 cm (24.80 x 26 inches) Frame size: 84 x 105 cm (33 x 41.34 inches) 2019
Signature: 己亥秋月 蘇健剛 (Jiangang Su in autumn 2019)
Seals: Red seal and white seal pair: 健剛 Jiangang Red seal: 澄懷觀道 Only clear mind gets the truth of the universe. Red seal: 墨雲 ink cloud
“The painting visualizes the scene described in a Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368 A.D.) poem.
“The streams flow and the winds blow through the evergreen pines. The thin shadows of autumn trees cast on the pebble roads. There are people looking for peace and tranquility in these forests. A man is sitting in a small pavilion under a straw roof, waiting for his friend. The artist knows the landscape so well that he creates spectacular paintings. I used to ride boats a lot and know how much joy it is to enjoy the landscapes. However, time is different now and the colour of the landscape is fading. I regret not being able to live an affluent life at my old age and now I dwell on my memories. Opening the painting brought me sighs. I will sing loud to drive away the loneliness.””
Artist Jiangang Su interprets ancient Chinese literati’s secluded life described in the poem. The painting also reflects that people are more eager for a life in Xanadu in the current social changes.
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.