Painted Portrait: ZhenZhen (Jiaozuo, China)

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ZhenZhen (Jiaozuo, China) is a painted portrait by Dave Alber, Travel Artist.

2018 Chinese ink on paper
7.4 x 9.6 in

This early 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.

The Chinese ink painting is done in a series of washes building up layers of depth and contrast in the final black ink.

“This painting of ZhenZhen was painted in Jiaozuo, Henan, China. It is an ink portrait and is stamped with my name in Han characters. Jiaozuo is a rapidly developing city in Henan. It is near Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan.

“ZhenZhen is a great friend, quite a foodie, and we enjoyed many delicious meals together.”

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 ShanghaiSuzhou ReviewShaving 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.

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