The luminous paintings of Chinese artist Chijia He hearken back to a more simple time, when humans had a closer relationship with nature. Each composition is almost lyrical in nature, blending color, texture, and form to create something utterly harmonious and inexplicably real. Working in an impressionist style reminiscent of both Monet and the American rural painter, Andrew Wyeth, He is a master of light and shadow—an element that has come to be a hallmark of his work.
He grew up near the Pearl River (the biggest river in South China), and these environs formed the basis of much of his artistic inspiration. As he describes the setting: “I loved the watery region so deeply. I could feel the violin sounds falling into the river surface; the south wind pushed the summer heat so far away…I loved the elegant colors and simple composition integrated into the deep earth.” Indeed, his art reminds us of all the beauty nature still has to offer.
Chijia He currently lives and works in Dongguan City, China.