Guo Chunming was born in Nanjing, Jiangsu province in 1963. He graduated from the Nanjing Art Institute in 1988 and went to work at the Nanjing Publishing House as an editor. He is a member of the Jiangsu Artists’ Association and the Council of Oil Painting Studies of the Nanjing Artists’ Association. Guo Chunming has had exhibitions in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States. He has won numerous awards for his paintings, including the Prize of Excellence awarded at the 5th Oil Painting Exhibition of Jiangsu province in 2005. Guo Chunming’s most recent publication was “The Collected Works of Guo Chunming.” In 2008, a retrospective exhibition of Guo Chunming’s paintings will be circulated in China.
Reminiscences of the Mountain Village, 1987
Oil on Canvas
45" x 55" (114.3cm x 139.7cm)
About this work
In “Reminiscences of the Mountain Village”, the sense of isolation that is a part of life in a mountain village is conveyed by Guo Chunming in a straightforward, unemotional way, although the title suggests that this scene may be from the artist’s own life experiences. The power of the composition lies in the contrast it presents not only between the planes of light and shadow falling on earth and water, but in the obvious contrast between the size of the sole human figure, a young child, and the ox upon which she sits.