Into the Garden: An Exhibition of Chinese Paintings by Nina Sun

Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University

Opening Reception
5/11/2019 2:00 pm-4:00pm

America Bank Gallery
41-06 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

Gallery Hours
5/11/2019—5/21/2019 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Pure Ink dyes the Forest Wind — Jin Ran and Her Paintings
Curated by Zhiyuan Cong, Professor & Director, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University

Sun Nina, pen name JinRan, currently is the associate professor of Chinese painting at JiangSu Second Normal University in Nanjing and a visiting scholar at the Center for Chinese Art of William Patterson University.

JinRan has a great reverence and deep love for ink painting, she is always addicted to it. As a rare "traveler" among female artists, she often carries her travelling bags with paintings tools and walks all over the mountains and countryside in China. Learned from nature and accompanied by scenery, she freely sprinkles her brushes and practices her ideals with great enthusiasm to expand her extraordinary creativity and understanding for ink art, with which she formed a unique painting style. Her pictures fully embody freshness, momentum, tranquility and elegance. Her landscape paintings evoke certain awe and respect for ink art.

Fu Baoshi (A Chinese- painting master) said painting must have personality at first then it can have a style. JinRanʼs paintings synchronize with her personality, like a cup of tea with simplicity and tranquility, freshness and nature that you can sit with it pleasantly and taste it slowly. At the same time, her paintings are not lack of vigor and spicy. Just as when you engage deep conversation with her, you will feel the true Chinese northerner's forthright and extraordinary temperament in her. To some extent, her paintings are not only a general description but also a reflection of her charm personality which is a remarkably independent character in the current full-of-confusion art criticism era. Employing simple and elegant ink makes JinRan a fresh spring in the complex context of modern ink painting world and brings spiritual sublimation to the viewers. I believe this is the unique value offered to us by JinRanʼs paintings in the context of current ink painting.

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973-720-2799 or email