Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SATOSHI on Ming Jing

While browsing through my Sotheby’s catalogue for the upcoming auction on October 4, I came upon the familiar work of Ming Jing. I have known his work since I started collecting Chinese art 12 to 13 years ago and always thought that he stands one of the most unique and outstanding Chinese painters. I remember seeing his works in Yan Gallery (Hong Kong) and for some reason, associate him with Chagall, not that they are similar in style, but I just feel that they are quite similar in the way they provoke the viewer to sense.

SOTHEBY's 20th Century Chinese Art Auction: LOT 320


160,000—220,000 HKD

It is very difficult to categorize his works as they stand peculiarly in different realms. Some described him as an abstract artist, while I sincerely believe that abstraction is not really his objective. Just like his name, Ming Jing, there is clarity in reflection. In this case, the less representational the painting is the clearer the feeling and emotion it is trying to convey. It will be quite interesting to see how his work performs in the auction. I do wish him well.

Born in 1960, Ming Jing graduated from Tianjin Art Academy in 1983. He is currently an associate professor of art in Hebei University and Vice President of the Hebei Oil Painting Research Institute. He has exhibited extensively in China, Hong Kong and U.S.A. His works have been collected by the National Art Museum of China, Taiwan Art Museum and private collectors. Ming Jing is known for his unique style akin to that of xieyi (painting the idea) and expressionism, not to mention that his works have a strong sense of detachment and fun.

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