Jiatian Li, Exhibition and Painting Demonstration

November 4th, 2011 Comments Off on Jiatian Li, Exhibition and Painting Demonstration

As a part of activities celebrating International Education Week, the Mississippi State University Department of Art , the College of Architecture, Art, + Design, and the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center will present “The Paintings of Jiatian Li” on campus during November, 2011. It is Li’s first solo exhibition in the U.S.

Li, Change into a Butterfly, 2010

The exhibit will be on display in the Mississippi State University Welcome Center/Cullis Wade Depot Gallery from November 14 to November 18. Gallery hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The gallery is located on the second floor, in the same complex as the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

A public reception honoring the artist Jiatian Li will be given at 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 17. Refreshments will be served and Professor Li will be present. On the same day, at 1.30 PM, a painting demonstration will take place in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery. The artist will demonstrate his creative process, which engages the traditional as well as modern style of Chinese brush painting on paper.

Jiatian Lee

Li, a university professor in Beijing’s Technology and Business University, has been identified in China as a significant figure in bridging traditional and modern art. He received his Master’s degree in traditional Chinese painting (2003) and Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (1995) from Minzu University in Beijing. With years of training in traditional Chinese painting, Jiatian Li is dedicated to offering the world an integrated modern vision, classically informed by the ancient and revered foundations of Chinese art. He also draws strength from Western art.

Li ‘s vivid, yet nuanced, figurative works have appeared in Chinese national publications such as Art Magazine, Art Observation, Art, National Pictorial, and China Daily. He has published a book entitled “Portraits of the Ethnic Minorities in China,” and has been awarded a number of prizes, including the Silver Prize at the National Exhibition of Meticulous-Style Painting.

Li, from “Portraits of the Ethnic Minorities in China”

According to MSU Art professor Brent Funderburk, “Li’s skill of hand is virtuosic; his painting represents acts of careful planning and, yet, a bravura performance of tools and materials, and his color is psychologically brilliant. This offers a major opportunity to our students and community to see a culture-changing vanguard and a young master of the Chinese art legacy.”