(Look here for pronunciation.) (This artist's name is cool because I'm in Chinese 1 and I have learned each character in his name. The first one (何/he) is the first character in my Chinese name.)
Anyways, to the artist. He Jiaying is one of the few artists I find that are actually "artists" with official recognition, rather than online artists supported only by their fans. I found him accidentally, while looking up the name Jiaying. He does traditional-looking paintings in the Gongbi style, which he majored in at the Tianjin Institute of Arts. Now, he teaches there. His paintings are recognized globally.
The first piece I saw was Fallen Flowers, and it caught my eye because I wasn't looking for art when I looked up "Jiaying." His works vary from this in-between style to sketchier, looser pieces like Clear-Minded, to refined and closely rendered pieces like Dancing. I prefer the less detailed ones, though I certainly appreciate the finer ones. I couldn't find what he uses for color, or how he applies it - I know he uses ink and a brush for the black.
Objectively, we have similar tastes/styles - mainly black and white, with occasional solid color or pattern, usually lacking a background, not very energetic poses. I guess this is why I like his work. It's elegant and simple. The fabric falls so nicely to create movement, and the resting expressions add a calm feeling. I'm not sure how much of his work is from life, but a lot of it looks like gesture drawings, or sketches from Old Masters.
For a full gallery of his work, including label information (click on the image of the painting to view its label info) click HERE.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School