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Source: People’s Daily Overseas Edition Date: 2015-03-18



       Jin Hongjun is one of the first generation of New China-cultivated traditional Chinese realistic painters of flowers and birds. He is well-grounded in an all-round way, capable of painting boneless subjects by freehand brushwork as well as figures, mountains and rivers. However, because of the need of his work and his own interest, he has gradually become specialized in realistic flower and bird painting by fine brushwork. His fine-brushwork realistic flower and bird painting builds on tradition and also makes innovation. The traditional painting pays close attention to detail in representing the spirit by meticulously drawing forms, using calligraphy-like lines and strokes for description and making full use of the virtual black and white space. With natural colors, it pays attention to the decorative features of color. But Jin Hongjun’s flower and bird painting by fine brushwork combines tradition and realism. So his production carriers a stronger realistic feel, including the setting of the painting, like rain forests or a setting full of sunshine. In this way, each of his paintings has created a hue instead of generally using colors and ink. The hue well fits the joy he expresses and is connected with spring, summer, autumn and winter, thus rendering the paintings tremendous visual value for appreciation.

  He depicts the form, spirit, posture of subjects by incorporating them into the setting. Take his painting of oriental cherry for example. He gives a lot of detail to the flowers in front, making the pedals and stamens clearly visible. But he does not give much detail to the flower sea in the back, producing an effect of the lens not being able to capture the deep scenes. All these techniques were absent in ancient paintings but are his innovations on the basis of his real life observation and modern aesthetic perspectives.

  More importantly, Jin Hongjun’s flower and bird painting is not just pleasant to appreciate but also rich in meaning and message, providing great inspirations and food for thought to the viewers. Take his painting of rainforest for example. Some are about falling leaves. In his drawing, the leaves fall and turn into fertilizer which in turn makes the tree grow, representing life and growth in nature. That is a reflection of a traditional Chinese philosophy: “The movement of heaven is full of power. Thus the superior man makes himself strong and untiring.” Another example is his work “Stone Soul”, a painting of rockwork in parks. He can draw the artificial stones and hills in a way that render life to them. His painting of the lion forest garden in Suzhou, he depicts the layers of stones as if the lifeless artificial hill are living animals, giving motivation and upbeat vigor to the viewers. That’s why I believe that Jin Hongjun is highly representative and outstanding of the New China-cultivated first-generation realistic fine-brushwork flower and bird painters. He has developed his unique styles, full of sunshine, realistic and rich in new ideas, innovation and vitality. And therefore, his paintings are not stiff or rigid but provide great delicate details for appreciation, representing valuable artistic exploration in the new century.

(By Xue Yongnian) 

About the artist: Jin Hongjun, with another name Aisin Gioro Hongjun, was born in Beijing in September 1937. He is Honorary President of the Beijing Society for Realistic Fine-Brushwork Strong-Color Painting and a professor at the Department of Chinese Painting of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is a member of the China Artists Association. He used to be Director of the Flower and Bird Painting Studio of the Department of Chinese Painting, Vice Chairman of the Peony Painting and Calligraphy Art Committee of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Vice President of the Beijing Society for Realistic Fine-Brushwork Strong-Color Painting, Executive Director of the China Association for the Promotion of Ethnic Minority Art, Member of the China Ethnic Minorities Friendship Association, Vice Chairman of the Beijing Qi Baishi Art Seminar, member of the China Overseas Friendship Association and member of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification.
(by Song Yingtao)