Min Xue, santa cruz, ca Member Since January 2010 Artist Statement Hi, welcome to Dodidoes' studio! I am a mineral material painter, graduated from Fine art department, Xiamen University as MFA.
In recent years I mainly focus on mineral material painting(it's called Modern Japanese painting in some countries).
4000 years ago mineral material painting was born in southern Asia. Indic monks used nature mineral particles as color sources, animal glue and gelatin as media. They often gave their whole lives to a single mural in the dark caves. It was highly developed in far east with the spread of Buddhism and incoperated many national elements. Today in DunHunag (Gansu,China), Yongle Palace (Shanxi,China), Kitora Grave (Nara, Japan), visitors are often surprised by those ancient pictures: even some rockface are chap and have flaked off, but pictures still come in an exciting range of colors. Metal foils flash in the gap of mineral particles, make the murals breathing and rich in layers.
Today mineral material painting is not for religion only, modern skills and ideas has enriched its expressive forces and forms. For me, its strong graphic and decorative effects attract me mostly. In 2006, when I left Xiamen, a crowded Chinese city and dropped by Monterey, I had been studying mineral material painting for 2 years but could never ever touch the "soul" of it. When I arrived Monterey dock, a quiet and peaceful picture suddenly hit me. At that moment I realized that the harmony between our hearts and nature, is what people are looking after and missing. This spirit, is exactly what the ancient monks expressed while I didn't.
My main working experiences were: Attending mineral material painting seminar in 2009, leaded by Professor Koichi Takeuchi (Kyoto University of Arts, Japan) Attending mural repairment seminar in 2009, leaded by Professor Michio Miyamoto (Kyoto University of Arts, Japan) Attending mineral material painting seminar in 2009, leaded by Professor Koichi Takeuchi (Kyoto University of Arts, Japan) Attending mineral material painting seminar in 2009, leaded by Professor Asano Hitoshi (Kyoto University of Arts, Japan) Attending botanical subjects producing seminar in 2008, leaded by Professor Zhenwen Zhang (East Sea University, Taiwan) 2008 Researching on a Yuan Dynasty Mural in Yongle Palace, leaded by Professor Xiaoqin Zhang (Xian Institute of Fine Art, China) Attending mineral material painting seminar in 2006, leaded by Professor Mingzhe Hu (Chinese Centeral Fine Art Institute) Attending mineral material painting seminar in 2006, leaded by Professor Huizhen Li (East Sea University, Taiwan) Attending figures subjects producing seminar in 2006, leaded by Professor Zhuomin Xu (Inner Mongolia University, China ) Attending mineral material painting seminar in 2005, leaded by Wu Hongyi (Japanese artist) Attending oil painting seminar in 2005, leaded by Wangtong (Swedish Loyal institute of Fine Art) Attending mineral material painting seminar in 2005, leaded by Katou Shiyouzirou (Japanese artist)
My main exhibition experiences are:
2009 As the one of best art schools in China, Xiamen university hosted “China-Taiwan United Exhibition on Mineral Material Painting”, I was CEO of this exhibition. During the exhibition, my works "Santa Cruz Bay", " Monterey Bay" and "Rain" were exhibited. Among them "Monterey Bay" and "Rain" were included in the Exhibition album.
2008 To celebrate that china's been opening up for 30 years, China national museum hosted National Art Exhibition in Beijing. My work "Niece" was exhibited andincluded in the exhibition album.
2008 My work "Niece" was selected for Southern Fujian Exhibition, and included in the exhibition album