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Lian Zhen's Gallery   -   Artist Biography

My name is Zhenlian, I am an artist from China, I am a retired art teacher, now I am 60 years of age. I devote all my time to paintings.  In fact this is my favorite pastime.

I have spent more than 10 years in France, my paintings are naturally influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures.

I like to experiment with different medias, such as acrylic and Chinese ink.  But I like oil paintings most. I like the richness of its colours and its flexibilities  .

I am an idealist, I only put beautiful images into my paintings, like Renoir, I believe that a painting should be beautiful.  I emphasize on composition and colour effects, I like to cover my canvas with a profusion of colours in their dream-like imageries. I enjoy creating a poetic and romantic atmosphere in all my paintings.

I like folklores and fairy tales, sometimes I like to incorporate these elements into my paintings. In fact, all my paintings are not just simple reproductions of the real world, they are integrations of the real and the imaginative.

I often go to my canvas for a sort of escape from the harsh facts of life.  Painting almost helps me attain the status of 'Zen' in the Buddhist philosophy. The concept of 'Zen' is to live every moment of your life as it is Eternity, theref are no regrets for the past and no frettings for the future. When I am at my painting I forget that time is running, and when I finish a painting, I feel content and happy.  The moment you feel ' perfection' , that is 'Zen'   Of course we cannot feel perfect every moment of our lives, but there are always moments of 'perfection' in the life of creation.

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