Peiliang Jin: The Fine Points of Serenity

Peiliang Jin: The Fine Points of Serenity

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Landscape painter Peiliang Jin looks for harmony in the natural world. He communicates his vision via the medium of watercolor painting on paper; he narrates his journey by leading us through luminous visionary landscapes, with rolling rivers and meadows and fanciful trees that seem to be dancing in a celestial ballet.

Peiliang was born in Shanghai, China in 1958. He emigrated to the USA in 1988 and became a US citizen in 1999. In China he was raised in an artist’s family; his father and grandfather are both portrait artists. Peiliang studied traditional Chinese painting for 17 years from two masters: Jian-Lou Cao and Yo Ding in Shanghai. He studied modern art at the Dusseldorf Art Academe in Germany and received a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1993.

Although his subject matter is pastoral, he works out of a city studio in Flushing, New York. He is a master of watercolor techniques. Watercolor is an ancient medium which is actually very difficult to master. Pigment is applied in a series of transparent washes that allow light to be reflected from the surface of the paper through layers of color. This technique gives watercolor its unique glow. Washes are layered to increase density and transform the colors that have already been laid down. The transparency of the medium calls for a controlled spontaneity. Fine point brushes allow Peiliang, with a single stroke, to convey accuracy and delicacy. Tiny, precise brushstrokes highlight anchored elements such as trees and flowers, while broader strokes with softer brushes blend curves, color and light in the more expansive parts of the composition. The total effect of his technique is mesmerizing, pulling the viewer into the landscape.

jin_peiliang_croppedIt’s no accident that Peiliang Jin’s paintings have a lyrical, almost musical quality. “One of my passions is music”, he explains, “especially the violin, which I studied as a boy in Shanghai. Music helps me visualize and create art that envelops our senses and gently warms us internally.” He finds music, much like painting, provides a calming and soothing of the soul. His unique fusion of traditional Chinese art and modern art, augmented by his extraordinary eye for blending color, present a distinctive vision of the peace and tranquility of a world as it should be. In these troubled times, it’s as if this artist has come to us to calm our nerves and say: “Everything will be all right”!

Peiliang also pays homage to his cultural roots in a playful collection of paintings commemorating the cycle of twelve animals which appear in the Chinese Zodiac. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterized as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. His depiction of the Year of the Dragon was featured on the cover of World Journal in 2012.

“Ultimately,” Peiliang says, “I make very colorful paintings for people to appreciate, to collect, and to see every day. I hope that I can bring my personal feelings with my painting to make people happy.” View his joyous, vivid watercolors at both Paradise City Arts Festivals in Marlborough and Northampton this spring.