Qingdao Cityscapes: What makes them Chinese paintings?
Painted using local materials, Chinese
watercolours, stretched on linen canvas or painted on wood
panels using oil paints, these cityscapes
of Qingdao highlight the traditional Chinese architecture
and the German styles of building, side by side and upside down,
that are so prevalent in this city of
North Eastern China.
Qingdao is a relatively large seaside town of 10 million people located in Shandong
province. It was influenced by the German occupation
of the early 20th Century. Before that, it was a substantial
Ming Dynasty port... and before that, a prehistoric fishing settlement.
Home to artists and poets for thousands of years, right across from
Korea and Japan, Qingdao offers visitors a delightful blend of Western and Eastern
Today the city retains a very "European" ambience,
with its red tile roofs or brick buildings in beautiful
harmony and contrast to its genuine Chinese character.
This vision of Qingdao is presented in a modern -
post - modern image that is based on the diamond shape
or Rhombus. Painted by an American artist trained in
Western Painting technique living in China working with local
materials, this painting IS or/ IS NOT a Chinese painting?
There are over 25 paintings in the first Qingdao series from 2014
to 2015 and the original cityscapes date back to the
1990's; they range from New York City, to cities in Europe, the Carribean and the