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Artist: Da Pu (Ai Min Zhang)
Created On: 2007
Image Medium: oil on canvas
Image Dimensions: 80x65cm
Art work Description:
This is a wonderful scene of a mother and child returning home at the end of the day. We see them just about to round the corner among ruined buildings and walls in this old rural town, on the border between China's Qinghai province and Tibet. We can imagine that it is a bright sunny day, in this mountainous region on the back side of the Himalayas, since we see brightly lit building facades. It appears to be the fall since the trees are bare, and there is an old bird's nest atop the large tree in the foreground. We can also imagine the harshness of the environment, as buildings and walls are ruined, yet still in use. This painting is representative of Dapu's art, and he likes it so much that he has put it on the front of a brochure depicting his work, chronicling life in the high-mountain region around northern Tibet, over the last decade. Even though his mentor, the famous painter-philosopher Zheng Tian Li has tried to convince him to return to the big city and to produce art that is more in line with that which is commercially popular among certain Chinese art collectors, Dapu has chosen to be true to himself and to remain in that isolated region of the world to capture its beauty, in paintings for those of us who appreciate good art, not commercial drivel. We appreciate his sacrifice, his genuineness, and the beautiful art that he brings us, and we hope that you will, too.

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