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This is a celebration of the works of master Chinese conteporary painter Chai Zu Shun.
This is a celebration of the works of master Chinese conteporary painter Chai Zu Shun.

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The international touring exhibit of the mental imagery masterpieces of renowned contemporary Chinese painter Chai Zu Shun travels next to Taipei, Taiwan.   Twenty-five of Chai most recent works, painted between 2003 and the present, will be on view from March 29-Apil 6, 2015, at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in the Taiwanese capital.

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The owner of the Shanghai-based Tong Xin Zhai Art Gallery, which owns more than 700 of Chai Zu Shun's mental imagery paintings, was interviewed by the Sino Vision English Channel during a recent trip to NYC.  Yu Jian Wen's interview was broadcast on Nov. 13, 2014.   Yu was in New York to meet with contacts at the China Institute, which was founded in 1926 to advance a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business and art.

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The painting titled "Top 5 Levels" is bursting with color reminiscent of a bundle of poppies.  This comparison may not be far off the mark since the work is included under "Flowers" in this website's online gallery.  Painted in 2012, this painting is one of the most vibrant of the mental imagery paintings of Chai Zu Shun, who is noted for his use of color.
One art critic observes that "Chai's paintings are marked by their gorgeous colors mixed by Chai himself, crisscross veins, overlapping motley, and ink and pigment splashing.  Tactfully combining strokes with ink and colors, the artist extends the accidental elements and transforms them into abstract drawing symbols representing pictures of romantic and wonderful imagery."
Another critic also comments on Chai's masterful use of color.  "What attracts us most is the red color, which is the earliest hue fascinating the human race.  In China, the Upper Cave Men adorned themselves with red mineral pigments as early as 10,000 years ago.  The primitive people held the color red to be the symbol of life, love, spring, warmth, emotion."
Outlined in traditional black ink strokes, the red-orange clusters in "Top 5 Levels" are blurred as if they are melting together.  Is this a commentary on the transitory nature of beauty, and by extension--life?  Chai speaks of changing images in terms of ever-shifting sand, where nothing stays the same for long.   This not unlike the Buddhist concept of life, where even happiness is viewed as temporary.
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The dynamic "Gallop" painting by Chai Zu Shun, China's foremost contemporary painter, is featured this month on the Tong Xin Zhai online gallery at www.china-tongxin-art.com.  One of Chai's early mental imagery paintings, "Gallop" is an exceptional example of Western and traditional Chinese artistic influences. 

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A mental imagery painting by Chai Zu Shun, one of China's foremost contemporary artists.  Inspired by Pollock, Chai's work is praised for its blending of traditional Chinese and modern techniques and styles. View some 50 of his works at www.china-tongxin-art.com, and provide your comments.

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     A specialist on Chinese culture just wrote that within Chai Zu Shun's metal imagery masterworks, one can find elements reminiscent of the gorgeous style of Renoir, the colored shadows of Claude Monet, the strange imagination of Picasso, the precise coloring and tri-dimension of Cezanne, the musical rhythm of Mondrian and the inherent force of Pollock’s works.  
     Se for yourself, and comment on your own impressions.

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#ContemporaryChineseArt from Chai Zu Shun - Renowned Chinese Painter
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