Chang Jin

1951, Nanjing China

Introduction

Chang Jin has been one of the most important ink artists and a leading representative of the New Literati Group in mainland China since 1980s. Chang studied figure and landscape painting at Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Traditional Chinese Painting. After graduating in 1981, he remained there to teach and administer the Academy. He is currently the Chairman of Academy’s Research Institute, Vice-chairman of Academy’s Arts Committee, also a member of Chinese Artists Association in mainland China.

Chang’s landscape paintings are poetic and dreamy, harmonic and elegant. His brush strokes are simple and light. The dedicate texture of his dry brushwork creates an effect of transparency, giving the landscape a unique style of own. He fuses the complex characteristics of traditional Chinese paintings from the dynasties of Southern Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing, making his expression contemporary as well as traditional.

Chang received several awards from the mid-1980s, including the 2nd prize of the 6th China Arts Exhibition in 1984, winner of the same exhibition in 1986, the “Chinese Young Artists Prize” in 1989, winner of the 1st Landscape Painting Exhibition of Jiangsu Province in 1998. He is acclaimed as the typical landscape artist in the southern China.

He has had more than 20 solo and group exhibitions in USA, Germany, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong since 1984. Alisan organized two group exhibitions showcasing Chang Jin’s portrait paintings in 1997 and 1999.


BIOGRAPHY
1951        
Born in Nanjing, China
1968-74   During the Cultural revolution, he was sent to work in the countryside of Jiangsu
1974-76   Took pencil drawing and watercolor painting lessons from On Rong Kang and Qian Zhong Yu, and landscape painting lessons from Yi Guan Rong
1976-78   Returned to Nanjing where he took landscape painting lessons with A Ming, and Sung Wen Zhi
                Studied figure painting at the Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Traditional Chinese Painting, travelled the Dunhuang caves to study the Buddhist mural paintings, went to A Ba Di Qu in Sichuan to study out-door sketches
1981        Graduated from the Jiangsu Provincial Academy, where he became a teacher and administrator Chairman of the Academy Arts Committee and a member of Chinese Art Association

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2000
  • East Pavilion Gallery, Chicago, USA
1996
  • Solo exhibition of landscape paintings, Art Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1994
  • Solo exhibition of landscape paintings, Chang Jiang Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Solo exhibition of figure paintings, Chang Jiang Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan 
1993
  •  Solo exhibition of landscape painting, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China 
1989
  • Modern Chinese Art Centre, Osaka, Japan 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
2005
  • Daylight and Cloud-Shadow’s Dancing, Soka Art Centre, Beijing, China
2003   
  • 3rd International Ink Biennial, Shenzhen, China
2000   
  • 2nd International Ink Biennial, Shenzhen, China
1999
  • Century Door 1979-1999 China Art Invitational Exhibition, Chengdu, China
  • Shenzhen Art Biennial, Shenzhen, China
  • Shanghai Art Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1998   
  • 5000 Years of Chinese Art and Civilization, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
1997   
  • Group exhibition, Ludwigsburg Museum, Germany
1992   
  • Contemporary Chinese Artists Best Works Exhibition, Hong Kong
  • Group exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

SELECTED AWARDS
1998   
Winner of the 1st Landscape Painting Exhibition of Jiangsu Province, China
1989   Chinese Young Artists Prize, China 
1986   Winner of the 8th China Arts Competition, China
1984   Second prize in the 6th China Arts Competition, China 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Jiangsu Art Museum, China
Guangzhou Art Museum, China
Modern Chinese Art Centre, Osaka, Japan
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia