Yang Yan Wen杨延文

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Artist Profile
Yang Yanwen,  born in 1939, is a native of Shen country, Hebei province.
 He is now a member of the Chinese Artists Association, director of the art committee and professional painter at the Beijing Painting Academy.
 He is also rated as a first-class national artist and has received special acknowledgment from the State Council for his outstanding expertise
 
Yang is now taking overall charge of the Calligraphy and Painting Division of the Central Literature and History Research Institute. 
Yang graduated from the Wu Guanzhong Oil Painting Studio of the Beijing Institute of Art in 1963. Being proficient in both Chinese and Western paintings, Yang also does wall painting and other forms of painting. His landscape is characterized by its diversity of themes and techniques. He is noted for full integration of lines and forms as well as colours and ink in the innovative composition into his modern Chinese painting. This distinctive mark featuring both Chinese and Western art is gradually developing into Yang’s unique style with graceful and rhythmical brushstrokes.
 
He painted in oil for several decades but switched to rice paper in the late 1970s. Unlike his peers, Yang's ink-wash paintings are deeply imbued with sundry textures and layers of colors, strongly influenced by his experience with oil painting. 
His subjects are related to water, clouds and mist and his works frequently have an aquatic tone. 
Commenting on his own work, Yang says: "Some say that what one acquires in his or her childhood greatly influences one's later life. I grew up in a village along the river. All the kids were good at swimming and fishing." 
Yang, then, has an understandable feeling for water, which he expresses in the form of clouds, mist and fog throughout his creations. 
He says: "I am particularly fond of painting China's southern canal towns. Though many artists have addressed the subject, I still wanted to infuse the scenes with something new." 
Yang's canal town paintings are filled with historical depth, not at all romantic or nostalgic. He believes in reflecting the erosion of time and harmony. 
Art critics say Yang's landscapes are characterized by their diversity of themes and techniques. His distinctive technique, embracing both Chinese and Western styles, has gradually emerged as something unique, with his graceful and rhythmical brushstrokes adding much to his kindred skills in calligraphy. 
In China, calligraphy is honored for the skill with which the brush is used and the knowledge of rules and techniques demonstrated by those adept at it. As such, it is unique to China and the small number of countries influenced by ancient Chinese culture
His works have been shown in each of the Chinese National Art Exhibitions in China since the 70s. He has also had solo exhibitions staged in the China Art Gallery and other overseas countries including the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has received a Gold medal at the 5th Manciano International Art Exhibition in Italy in 1983 as well as many prizes from other established foreign art institutes. 
 
Artwork
Landscape chinese ink and colour on rice paper 1994
Landscape chinese ink and colour on rice paper 1994
Landscape chinese ink and colour on rice paper 1994