A solo exhibition by Ye Jianqing, entitled in Reflection of the Mind, is currently on view at Hall 5 until August 27, 2010. The show comprises a total of 34 works at the theme of the Bodhisattva and embodies the development and evolution of the image in different times.
Learned in the mural department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Ye Jianqing has been devoted to researches on religious culture in recent years. He is skilled in adopting the techniques of the western oil paintings in the traditional Chinese paintings. His experience in learning the traditional Chinese painting in the early time has laid a solid mark of Chinese traditional culture in his works.
The transformation of the theme from Hutong and street view to the Bodhisattva is hoped to reflect the changes of the society and the artistic journey of the painter. The exhibits boast the misty, humid and changeable appeal, which the artist thinks is a beauty caused by the distance from the traditional culture.
The exhibition is a startup project of Looking for the Bodhisattva initiated by Ye Jianqing. In the following year, the artist will look for different Bodhisattva images and the stories behind across the world and then present the works in different forms of the painting, the photography, the sculpture, the video and the music. The activity is aimed to reflect the connotation hidden in the Chinese culture, namely, benevolence, mercy, friendliness and harmony.