by Mian Situ
Mian Situ’s epic paintings of the Chinese immigrant experience and their role in the opening of the American West have made him one of the most important contemporary painters of our time.
Born and raised in China, Situ counter-balances these sweeping historical works on the Chinese American experience with intimate portraits of the people and places of China itself. These paintings often focus the rural experience rather than the historical. A painting such as Firewood Gang shares the joy and exuberant nature of life in pastoral China.
“Years ago, when I visited a remote area of the Yunnan Province, I came upon a group of children carrying firewood on their way to school,” recollects Mian. “During their days at school these children, whose homes are far away, sometimes have to cook their own meals in school. They usually bring with them their own firewood and vegetables, enough for a week, to school. Collecting firewood for their families, and other chores, are part of their routine at home as well.”
Firewood Gang is simply a jubilant work of vibrant color and high-spirits guaranteed to bring the joy of life to where ever it hangs.
Fine Art Giclée
limited to 45 s/n.
24"w x 17"h.