Zephyria (Jiaozuo, China) is a Chinese ink painted portrait by Dave Alber, Travel Artist.
Chinese ink on paper
7.4 x 9.6 in
This Chinese ink painted portrait is done in a series of washes building up layers of depth and contrast in the final black ink.
“I painted this Chinese-style ink portrait for Zephyria’s university graduation. The graduation was in the morning at Henan Polytechnic University (HPU).
“The weather forecast predicted that it would rain, but it was a bright sunny day with wonderful weather to enjoy the graduation of the first sophomore class of students that I had ever taught. They were just entering university at the time that I was just beginning teaching, so we were all new to the whole university experience (each in our own way.)
“Emotionally, it was important to me to see these students graduate. It felt like completing a circle — completing a cycle of change and transformation— entering and finishing the university teaching experience with the same students. We were different people from when we started. Life had touched and transformed us. We were more knowledgable, more proficient in the world. In the intervening years, I had gone on to teach in Saudi Arabia and visited other countries, however we had all done this, completed this cycle of change together.”
This ink painting is done in the style of the Chinese brush paintings. It has bold brush strokes and simple lines in black ink like Chinese art since the Song Dynasty.
The red Chinese stamp is “David” in Chinese (DaWei 大伟) in Han Dynasty characters. The Chinese seal (Chinese artist signature stamps) is the traditional way of authenticating Chinese art.
“Ah, memories. I’ll never forget Zephyria’s translating of The Taotie Image in Chinese Art, Culture, and Cosmology into Chinese. I am fascinated by the taotie image (and related images) as motifs in pan-Asian art and culture. I planned the book to be dual language, in both Chinese and English, to help people practice either language. Zephyria helped me out a lot in translating this book, despite being under a lot of school pressure being a double major. Thanks, Zeph!”
Dave Alber creates Travel Art and Travel Writing. His Travel Art shares an experience of wonder at our cultural continuity and universal humanity. His recent Travel Art exhibitions INTIMATIONS and Ravages of Time & Permanence of Wonder are in Kunshan and Suzhou, China respectively. Dave’s comic art and illustrations have appeared recently in That’s Shanghai, Suzhou Review, Shaving in the Dark, Open Magazine, and Nepali Renaissance. His comic “Bedding Shanghai” was featured in the Shanghai International Literary Festival. You can receive Dave’s art book Dave Alber: Travel Art: 2018 Part 1: Intimations for free at ILoveTravelArt.com. Dave’s longer Bio and Artist Statement is here.
- 23 paintings reflecting adventures in China, Myanmar, and Nepal
- four travel articles
- two pages of hand painted comic art
- and one delicious recipe for cooking Mandarin Fish
What readers say about Travel Art: INTIMATIONS:
“Fascinating idea to combine travel art into a book and a website community.”
“Creative expression from travel impressions married to art.”
“Master of your imagination.”
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