Human Figure Paintings - Folk Painting

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Jieda Huanxi

Jieda Huanxi

Chinese ink on rice paper

86.3 x 144.2cm

1981

Huang Yao Collection in Singapore Art Museum

 

Why are Folk paintings always with auspicious sayings? Because it is an expression of optimism, hope - for a better future, looking forward and not back at the past. The content of these Chinese paintings are always about wishing for good luck, wealth, fame and happiness to everyone, etc. Everyone is happy to see these symbols and will smile.

The topic for Folk painting need not be something out of the ordinary. However to appear common but the essence is uncommon, that is the best of the best folk paintings. It is not easy to achieve. One has to read a lot of good books to get it right. 

The monk with a cloth-wrapper bag in the painting (with the title 'may all be happy') is called 'Bu Dai He Sang'. A popular name for cloth- bag in Chinese is 'bao fu' which means burden. So this monk can be humorously referred to as monk carrying a burden. I usually paint two children to help him carry his bag. The children symbolize the next generation, and they help carry such a big burden! If we can get rid of this bag, we will be free from worries and troubles. Have you wondered what is inside this bag?

Huang Yao, Moyuan Suibi, 1982

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