PANG JIUN (PANG JUN, Chinese, B.1936)
PANG JIUN (PANG JUN, Chinese, B.1936)

Orchid and Apples

PANG JIUN (PANG JUN, Chinese, B.1936)
Orchid and Apples
signed and dated 'Pang Jiun; 2007' in Chinese (lower left; lower right)
oil on canvas
72.7 x 60.6 cm. (28 5/8 x 23 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2007
Anon. Sale, Christie's Hong Kong, 27 May 2007, Lot 265;
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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Lot Essay

“Stylistically, the most feasible approach to innovation is to absorb the essence of the philosophy of Chinese painting theories and introduce the oil painting techniques for innovation and reformation, namely applying the techniques of impressionism and fauvism to express subjective emotion impulse of Chinese concept so as to explore a distinctive oil painting technique.” – Pang Jiun

Born in an artistic family in 1936, Pang Jiun’s professional academic background in Central Academy of Fine Art brought him solid skills and techniques which paved his way to a unique oriental scholar Expressionist style. Pang excels in blending western oil painting techniques with implicit image of eastern philosophy, inducing an artistic expression of rhythmic vitality and charm.

These two paintings reveal Pang Jiun’s audacity in applying bold and rich colour palette which formed a strong contrast while managed to achieve a concerted
harmony, that is to present Chinese scholar’s distinctive poetic sentiment as well as a rhyme of brushstroke with western oil painting.

Many of Pang Jiun’s still life-themed works concentrate on the presentation of colour so as to build the sense of space and simplify the modeling. Orchid and Apples (lot 434) takes purple, red and white as the dominant colours. The sudden rise of bright red of the background carpet brings out the virginity and elegance of white butterfly orchids while the pure white blocks also balance the rich and heavy colours in the foreground. Orchid and apples as the main part of the painting are depicted with expressive brushstrokes instead of realistic description, as an attempt to convey artist’s emotions merely through colours.

In his recent work Heavenly Landscape in Suhang (Lot 435), Pang Jiun depicted these red-tile and white-wall houses piling up along the river bank as the main part of the painting with aerial perspective combined with green woods and clear bluish green lake surface which all appear light and smooth; small vessels randomly scattered on the lake are delicate and graceful, presenting a simple yet prominent effect. Those stretching peach blossom trees on the lower right corner rising high into the air bring a slight of unique romantic sweetness of southern waterside village to this heaven on earth.

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