China Daily hong kong edition Friday, December 11, 2015
Song Yuming was born in Anting Town of Shanghai in 1954. His ancestors come from Taicang city,Jiangsu province. He is a member of China Artists Association, director of Artists Association of Guangdong province, executive director of Shenzhen Artists Association, and curator of Shenzhen Art Museum. He is also a member of Shenzhen Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Song is recognized as a top-level national painter. He is the vice-president of Shenzhen CPPCC Art Gallery, an artistic judge of the Guangdong Evaluation Committee of Professional Titles. He also teaches at the School of Art and Design of Shenzhen Polytechnic and is an artistic consultant with Nanjing University of the Arts in Jiangsu province.
Putting a spin on tradition
By Wang Mingming
Both Song Yuming and I were born after the founding of People’s Republic of China.While we grew up under different circumstances, we lived in the same modern era, which impacted the way we looked at art, which was somewhat similar in the early years.
Song mainly creates landscape painting with heavy layering of color and modern ink and wash paintings.Variety and versatility shine through his works. His art is a reflection of how his temperament has evolved over the years. Instead of following a fixed style and genre, he pursues absolute freedom of creation. His paintings are an image of his heart.He is not into novelty for the sake of it. This is very critical for an artist who would like to create a solid foundation for himself by building on his basic painting skills. At the same time he remains an extremely inspired and creative artist.
His heavily pigmented landscapes have evolved from a style practiced by his father Song Wenzhi. Song Yuming borrows techniques from the ancient masters, besides being guided by his own mood. His work shows resonances of stylistic feature spopular during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) — script lining, wrinkling and rubbing, and patterned mirrors,for example.
Song has put his own spin on the color splashing technique that was the hallmark of Zhang Daqian, one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century. That is why Song’s paintings exude a mixture of feelings — majestic, imposing, delicate and spiritual.
It is worth noting that Song excels in observing nature through a modern lens, trying to present it with great clarity. Song also adds his subjective views to his work, resulting in a style that is refreshing and exquisite and at the same time rich and grand.
It is easy to tell by looking at his artwork that Song is an intelligent and sentimental person.
It is his humble and quiet nature that enables him to create such breathtaking pieces of art. Although he lives in a modern, big city, Song is able to remain calm and sober, which is a necessity for Chinese artists.
It is easy to distinguish his art from that of the so-called “innovative painters” by demonstrating their sheer depth, range and expansiveness.
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