Sometimes it takes a foreign eye

March 9, 1997 § Leave a comment

Still Life with Watermelon | Jian Wang

Sometimes it takes a foreign eye to capture the essence of a place. Sacramento-area river scenes by talented Chinese painter Jian Wang combine a freshness of spirit with the broad, quick brush stroke popular with the Impressionists.

Mr. Wang’s Impressionist technique is not a random choice. During China’s Cultural Revolution, he grew up influenced by works by the Russian Impressionists, the most contemporary Western art available in his home town of Dalian, on the east coast near Beijing.

Since coming to Sacramento in 1986, he has studied with local artists Fred Dalkey, Wayne Thiebaud and others. Besides the shadowed and sunlit outdoor scenes of the Impressionist mood, some of his smaller works reflect the flat, colorful Arts and Crafts traditions of the 1920s and earlier.

— THE SACRAMENTO BEE

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