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Jiannan Huang - The Artistry of Style in Contemporary Art

Earl Jiannan Huang is one of the world's finest artists and currently the only artist who has appeared on the Hurun Art List (Chinese version of Forbes List ) for six consecutive years in both oil and traditional Chinese painting. Huang is ranked 21st in the “Top 500 Global Contemporary Artists” of Artprice, an authoritative website for European and American art. At the same time, Huang Jiannan is also one of the few Chinese artists to be included in the "Beverly Arts Certified artists“ and “Nominated to be the first of 2021 LABA 100 Most Global influential Artists Icon Awards”. Because of his perfect combination of Chinese painting and Western oil painting, he is sometimes called an "Oriental Monet" or a Chinese contemporary of the well-known Dutch-American abstract expressionism artist Willem de Kooning. 

In his works, the colors in the oil paintings are based on western influences, but the clouds, water, fog, and other elements are often based on the styles and flows of traditional Chinese paintings. Huang likes to explore the new styles of painting and often combines the charm of traditional Chinese painting techniques with his own secrets of new things, so that the content of his work continues to evolve and is changed considerably for his new works.

In the eyes of many people, Jiannan Huang’s painting style is very different. Oil portraits are as splashy as Chinese paintings, and Chinese portraits are beautiful as oil paintings. There is sometimes no discipline in the composition. Time and space can drift in the picture, and the image created has strong visual impact. In fact, every painting has its own unique ideological foundation hidden in it. They are derived from life, but the creative methods that break the convention and innovate are given new vitality.

Jiannan Huang works break the conventional creative methods of the academic school, and use the expressive means of transcendentalism to boldly exaggerate, reflecting his subjective reveries about natural objects. With concise shapes, pure colors, the strongest complementary colors and ideal colors impact the viewer's vision, just like a wild animal world. Some colors are close to roaring, some are peaceful and quiet, and some are full of romance. Perhaps his innocent and persistent temperament is very close to that of Henri Matisse, one of the greatest colorists of his time, so his color style is full of variety - boldness, contrast, peacefulness, and sometimes creating tension and emotion at the same time.

Huang's traditional Chinese paintings are based on the contemporary basis to learn, learn from, explore and digest traditions. He positioned his Chinese painting as heavy-color ink and wash landscape painting. Contemporary Chinese color ink paintings require the painter to grasp the pulse of the times with the historical perspective and the wisdom of philosophers, listen to the heartbeat of the universe, pay attention to the destiny of mankind, insight into society, and understand life. After a long period of painstaking efforts, Huang splattered ink and color on the scroll like splashed ink. This new painting technique combining ink and color is still very rare in contemporary times. Huang has subtly integrated the painting skills of oil painting into the style of traditional Chinese ink painting, forming his own unique artistic style of Chinese painting.


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