Qin Shu

Qin Shu

Sanya, Hainan, China

About Qin Shu

I am a professional Chinese gongbi painter specializing in Gongbi flower and birds painting, especially in painting peony and lotus flower. This style of art was accomplished in secret in royal palaces and private homes back to ancient China. Only the wealthy could afford such artists.

I also specialize in archaizing antique/ancient Chinese gongbi painting.

I am a member with a few biggest professional artist organizations in China
(1) Signed-up artist with CCTV China Influence Power, Culture China
(2) Membership in Chinese Painter Calligrapher Association
(3) Membership in Ningbo Federation of Literary and Art Circles, subsidiary of China Artists Association

Below are some awards and achievement I received:
(1) Outstanding award - from 2013 Group exhibition hosted by CCTV China Influence Power, Culture China, and China Eastern Museum
(2) Outstanding award - from 2012 - Group exhibition hosted by CCTV China Influence Power, Culture China, and China Eastern Museum
(3) Bronze award - from 2012 Top Traditional Chinese Painting Fall Exhibition and Auction
Outstanding award - from 2011 - Group Exhibition Hosted by Artxun
(4) Artwork was kept by China Eastern Museum as museum collection
(5) Ranked as top 6 artist in Zhejiang Province (equivalent to a State in USA) by Artsun

History of Gongbi Painting

The gongbi style had its beginnings approximately 2000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) when Han's political stability and its prosperity favored the advancement of the arts. These paintings peaked out between the Tang and Song Dynasties (7th to 13th centuries) when these refined paintings were endorsed and collected by the royal families of China. The gongbi artists to perfect this style must totally commit themselves to these techniques. Only the wealthy could afford such artists. This style of art was accomplished in secret in royal palaces and private homes.

Peony
The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture and is one of the smallest living creature national emblems in China. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where the peony is called 牡丹 (mǔdān). It is also known as 富贵花 (fùguìhuā) "flower of riches and honor" or 花王 (huawang) "king of the flowers", and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.

Lotus Flower
From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions representing the virtues of sexual purity and non-attachment.
In Chinese culture Confucian scholar Zhou Dunyi wrote: I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.
In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.

I have more than 100 original paintings including different series - Peony, Lotus Flowers, Birds, Archaized antique/ancient Chinese gongbi painting, and etc. I will upload them one by one.

Education

2003 -2007 Professional advanced study on Chinese Gongbi painting

2000 - Graduated from East China Normal University-Art Major-Traditional Chinese Painting

1990 - Graduated from China Calligraphy & Painting International University-Traditional Chinese Painting Major

Events

Upcoming Exhibition

2013 – Art China Mingjia (Yulin) Artwork Exhibition

Exhibitions

To name a few most recent exhibitions at national level

2013 - Group exhibition hosted by CCTV China Influence Power, Culture China, and China Eastern Museum for membership artist only

Below is some awards and achievement I received


2012 - Group exhibition hosted by CCTV China Influence Power, Culture China, and China Eastern Museum for membership artist only

2012 - Contemporary Painting Calligraphy Artwork Exhibition hosted by Shanghai International

2012 - The 8th Painting Calligraphy Artwork Exhibition hosted by 100 biggest Chinese Corporation

2012 - Top Traditional Chinese Painting Fall Exhibition and Auction

2011 - Group exhibition hosted by Shanghai International Group

2011 - Group Exhibition Hosted by Artxun (largest online website for art exchange and art auction in China)

And many other exhibitions before 2011