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By Liu Guozheng
Both the exhibition
and publication of oil paintings on pandas reflect the achievements of Bian
Jian, who has pursued his painting dream for more than 30 years. In his 50S, Bian
knows well his mission of life.
Different from his
peers, Bian shows little interest in fame and wealth. In his own words,
painting is nothing but a proof that proves his ever existence.
Meanwhile, the path of
Bian’s art pursuit is not a smooth one.
When he joined the PLA
Jinan Qianwei Song and Dance Troupe at the end of 1970s, Bian was only an
ordinary soldier with a dream of artist. His job was to design stage setting
but his favorite was drawing. Interestingly, the stage art team of Qianwei
Troupe has continuously served a cradle to foster a number of famous painters ,
such as Qin Dahu , Wang Zunyi, Liang Yiqiang and Dou Peigao ,Beijing was a
latecomer, Bian never stopped his steps.
To work with a song
and dance troupe provides Bian a precious opportunity to enrich his living experience
and enlarge his perspective rather than raise his intelligence. The beauty of
actresses and dancers of the troupe also enhanced his sense of an artist.
Being a warm-hearted man, Bian
was very popular in the troupe thanks to his smartness and diligence. He was
quickly promoted to work at the club of the military area, where Bian took all
kinds of jobs, ranging from advertisement and decoration, purchase of equipment
to the rent of venues. He practiced his painting skills in his spare time
though he had spent most energy in dealing with everyday matters. Many of his
excellent works were created during this period of time.
Many years later, he was invited
as contributing painter for the well-known Rongbaozhai studio and worked
whole-heartedly in painting. In his deepest heart, Bian is still a military
As to the subjects and content of
painting, different painters have different ideas .At first, Bian focused on
army life, such as battlefield and frontier scenery; Later he showed interest
in the depiction of beasts and beauties as well as mountain ghosts. Cameis and
pandas were his recent favorite topics for their honesty and cuteness
respectively. Aesthetically speaking, art creation reflects the personality and
pursuit of the artist.
What make Bian standing out among
his peers are his innovations in forms and techniques. Borrowing the techniques
of strokes and layout from traditional Chinese paintings, Bian’s oil painting
is of unique personal characteristics. When drawing trees and bamboo leaves, he
adopts the oriental method of composition. Omitting all the unnecessary
background, the linen canvas has helped provide enough white space, just like the traditional Chinese painting. Paying attention to the meticulous
details of the images, Bian’s paintings are of Chinese style just like other
Chinese art works. The fact that former US president Bush family
collects Bian’s Panda painting proves an old saying what belongs to the nation,
belongs the world.
Art is long, but life
is short. An artist should never stop his pursuit. Famous scholar Wang Guowei
has described the three phases of one’s career: Firstly, “Westerly winds
withered trees up last night. Climbing up the stairs and being lonely on the
loft. I overlooked the endless distance.” Secondly, “The dress takes to loosen
gradually and I am more and more emaciated. No regretful plying at all, I am
rather for her only distressed as I did,” Thirdly, “When all at once I turn my
head, find her/him there lantern light is dimly shed.”
Rongbaozhai shows its unique
taste when selecting art work including Bian’s panda to attend the Shanhai
World Expo. Standing amid the masters, Bian has won praises and curious queries
among the audience and media.
exhibition of personal oil paintings in Chengdu in 2010 pushed Bian’s art
creation to an unprecedented level. People of the panda hometown showed the
same enthusiasm to Bian’s works as to the lovely animal. Both experts’
appraisal and media’s comment toward Bian’s oil paintings have opened a new
world before the artist.
Some people are born
artists, to whom art is a kind of belief.
A proverb goes that
the other side of the distress is a bright world. For Bian Jian, the other side
means a brand new kingdom that enables him to freely illustrate all his talent