Jiang Zhuqing, Professor,
Master Supervisor, Member of the China Artists Association, Member of the China Oil Painters Association
Comprehensive Material in the Specialty of Public Art
Research Area in Postgraduate Mentoring:
Material Language in Public Art
Material language reflects, from one perspective, the degree of civilization and character of different times. Colored Pottery Age, Stone Age, Bronze Age, to the present Information Age; all these times project their major social and physical forms through materials. Public Art relates closely to real life. Its birth and development after China’s reform and opening up both indicate the progress of the society. Public art has already expanded from the painting works on the walls in public buildings to various virtual and solid spaces in public places. The creation of public art is no longer limited to themed paintings limited to certain space and genre. People pay more and more attention to the information passed from materials and enjoy the beauty of each material, i.e. their natural property and spiritual implication. Material language has already shifted from a subordinate and base role in public art creation to a proactive one, a part of creativity. The creator finds the intrinsic and inevitable connection in themed creation from the properties of materials.
On the basis of this idea and over 20 years of art teaching, creation and practice, I advocate that man is the subject with active creativity in practical creation. People should stop staying on the surface in understanding the matter but expecting the mastery of its spiritual implication. Materials are bestowed with many personified ideals and pursuits and spiritual projections. “To acquire knowledge from analyzing the physical objects”, art creation needs to command the relationship between the subject and the object. Research should be made on the influence of various factors such as territory, culture and religion on materials. The genuineness of various art languages should be discussed and pursued and the particularity of material language be respected. Thus the material texture language can be reasonably utilized and comprehensively developed in modern public art and painting creation.
Academic Research Results:
A. Public artworks designed and created by Jiang Zhuqing include:
International Trade Center, Jingxi Hotel, Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing Hotel, Dynasty Hotel, the Great Hall of the People, Beijing World Park, London Hotel over the Water, Resort Sea Hawk Hotel in Kyoto, Japan, Chinese State Security Bureau, Chinese Ministry of Health, Chinese Ministry of Finance, Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel, Wuyi Mountain Villa, China Millennium Monument, and Consultants of the PRC in New York, Korea and Czech.
B. Jiang Zhuqing has held a number of solo and joint exhibitions both in China and abroad. She was selected into the National Art Exhibition for many times.
She was honored the silver prize for mural painting of the 9th National Art Exhibition, the award of the 1st National Mural Painting Exhibition, the 1st Zhang Guangyu Art Award, and the Award of Excellence of the 7th National Heavy Color Painting.
C. Books and Publications:
Zhuqing’s Heavy Color Art Hong Kong Signa Art
Cities, Sculptures and the Environment Zhejiang Fine Art Publishing House
Residence Community Environment in Paris Zhejiang Fine Art Publishing House
European Art of Wall Ornament and Inlay Zhejiang Fine Arts Publishing House
Western Public Environment Art Shandong Fine Arts Publishing House
Animation Formation Lingnan Art Publishing House
Zhuqing’s Paintings Hong Kong Signa Art
The Creation of Painting Tsinghua University Press
Ramble about Public Art Environment Tsinghua University Press
Public Art (a selective course of the entire academy) and Public Art for the mural painting studio
Comprehensive Material Painting (a selective course of the entire academy and a course of the Department of Painting)