Hainan is an island province of China and situates at the nation’s southernmost end. It has a tropical climate all year round and is home to over 4, 500 kinds of plants, making it a popular destination for artists as well as tourists.
Song Fusheng was invited on a tour to Danzhou, a city in the northwest of the island. The deputy chairman of Hainan Provincial Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Wei Wang accompanied them on the visit to Dongpo Academy. Also called Dongpo Shuyuan, the academy was originally built in 1098 in memory of the Song dynasty literary figure, Su Dongpo, who was exiled to Hainan.
The unique local flora and fauna have also inspired Song in his paintings. A number of gatherings were organised and Song met with local artists who shared the same passion for Chinese brush painting.
Here are some of the paintings Song created during his visit to Hainan province.
As an artist, Song Fusheng (Laodeng) enjoys visiting new places. Wherever he goes, there is one thing he never leaves behind – his paint brush.
Specialised in bird-and-flower painting, which deals with a wide range of natural topics including plants, birds, fish, pets etc, Song spends a lot of time in the nature, observing, sketching and painting. He believes one can only bring out the “life” of a subject by capturing and illustrating its very unique properties and essence. And there is no better way of achieving that than getting close to nature.
Located in the northeast of Jiangxi province, China, Jingdezhen is said to be the “birthplace” of ceramics. Records show that as early as in Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), people have begun to make porcelain in this little town. By the 14th century, it became the largest centre of production of Chinese porcelain. Its dominance has lasted centuries even till today.
A three day “plein air” painting festival was held in the Normandy region in France. Organised by the Association “Festival Cultures Croisées” (AFCC), the program aims to unite and bring together artists from different countries and cultural backgrounds.
Hong-gu Yi, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea collected Song Fusheng (Lao Deng)’s brush painting All for Peace during his meeting with known Chinese social activist Liu Hankai on 11th, July.