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Cute and iconic Zodiac animal paintings
    2018-February-5  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Renowned Chinese painter Huang Yongyu is exhibiting his zodiac paintings at Shenzhen Art Museum. From 2006 to 2017, he painted the 12 zodiac animals every year for the Spring Festival.

Born in 1924 in Hunan Province, Huang is famous for co-designing the Golden Monkey Stamp, a postage stamp issued in China in 1980. Although not rare, the stamp has come to symbolize the strong market for collectable postage stamps. Demand for the stamp has made it one of the most sought-after Chinese stamps.

Under his brushes, the 12 zodiac animals look comical and lively, often including witty dialogues or monologues written by Huang that highlight the personalities of the animals. For example, “I am ugly, but my mom likes me” is written next to a dark gray little mouse.

In 2016, when the artist was going to create the Year of the Monkey painting, he was inspired by the Chinese literary classic “Journey to the West.”

Speaking about the zodiac animals, Huang says it is most difficult to illustrate the dragon as idioms about the mythical creature are few and far between. So, for his dragon works, he turned to the tale “Nine Mythological Sons of the Dragon King” and their distinctive characteristics.

In the tale, the fourth son, Pulao, is described as a creature who screams when hit and hence is seen as a symbol of alarming sounds. Ancient Chinese used to craft bell handles in the image of Pulao. In one of Huang’s paintings, Pulao is depicted as a man who speaks loudly into a mobile phone on a street.

Huang says that working on the zodiac series has enabled him to better understand the tradition.

Dates: Until Feb. 22

Venue: Shenzhen Art Museum, inside Donghu Park, Aiguo Road, Luohu District (罗湖区爱国路东湖公园内深圳美术馆)

Metro: Line 5 or 7, Tai’an Station (太安站), Exit C and then take a taxi(SD News)

 

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