Contemporary Chinese Painting
by Rong-Gen Yin


Traditional Chinese painting uses many of the same techniques
as calligraphy, where gesture and control of the brush form part
of the artistic method. Since earliest times nature, in particular the
landscape and the creatures that inhabit it, has been the main source
of inspiration for Chinese artists.


Rong-Gen Yin, originally from Shanghai, began painting in the
traditional Chinese manner in the 1970s. During the 1980s he was
a member of an artist collective and exhibited his art in Japan and
Germany. Having come to Northern Ireland in 2003, Rong-Gen has
continued to paint and teach traditional Chinese painting techniques.
He practises the two main techniques of Chinese painting – Gongbi,
where intricate brushstrokes form detailed coloured landscapes
which can include narrative themes, and Xieyi which is much looser
using bold brushstrokes and watercolour wash.