Saturday, September 24, 2016

Featured Painting “Mirage” – A World of Ambiguity

My Mirage, a fantastic painting, was based on a vision visited me when I was falling asleep but with enough mental presence to get up to make quick notes – a distant town, whose outlines barely discernible, in the manner of those commonly seen in old Dutch or Flemish landscape paintings, overwhelmed by several enormous and boldly sketched black feathers floating above the sky. Behind those dark and somewhat ominous feathers, a delicately pretty pale blue sky flashed through persistently. Yet, despite the seemingly menace, those dark feathers also looked rather protective and comforting. A world of ambiguity.

Mirage / 蜃景 / Luftspiegelung
MirageOil on Canvas
22" x 28"
Completed in 2016

© Matthew Felix Sun
www.matthewfelixsun.com


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Favorite Sculptures at Terracotta Army Site, Xi'an

The famed Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty in China impressed not only with the sheer numbers of those soldiers, generals and horses, but upon close inspection, the endless variations of those individuals, each one of them seemed to have a distinct look and personalities, a far cry from cookie cutter mass production one might have suspected.

IMG_4944 - Terracotta Warriors in Qin Shi Huang's Tomb, Xi'an, China, 2007

IMG_4968 - Terracotta Warriors in Qin Shi Huang's Tomb, Xi'an, China, 2007

The most impressive was a Standing Archer - whose stylized yet naturalistic posture and his impassive face emitted an aura of zen, strange for a soldier. Also noteworthy was the plain but delicate face of this calm soldier.

Terracotta Warriors in Qin Shi Huang's Tomb, Xi'an, China, 2007 _ IMG_4002

I also love the horses "enlisted" in the army.  They were absolutely sleek and beautiful.  These beasts couldn't be nobler.

Terracotta Warriors in Qin Shi Huang's Tomb, Xi'an, China, 2007 _ IMG_4996_mod

IMG_5048 - Terracotta Horses in Qin Shi Huang's Tomb, Xi'an, China, 2007

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

My Favorite Earthenware Artifacts in Banpo Archaeological Site Museum, Xi'an, China

Banpo Archaeological Site Museum, Xi'an, China featured one of the earliest civilizations originated in China, in the Yellow River Valley, and it showcased many ancient artifacts remarkable not only for historical values, but the refined beauty belying their primitive and humble origins.

One such wonder was "A basin with abstracted fish design", whose rich earthy red tone was a thing of great beauty, and the black line drawing geometrical design of fish in multiple variations and arrangements was amazingly accomplished and startlingly modern.

Artifact in Banpo Archaeological Museum, Xian, Shaanxi, China _ IMG_5150
A basin with abstracted fish design

Contrasting to the serious tone of the abstract fish pattern above, "A basin bearing the pattern of human face and fish" had a humorous conflation image of a human face and a pair of triangular fish, sticking out like exaggerated beards. A clown? A dragoon? Fascinating.

Artifact in Banpo Archaeological Museum, Xian, Shaanxi, China _ IMG_5143
A basin bearing the pattern of human face and fish


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

My Favorite Sculptural Artifacts in Sanxingdui, Guanghan, Deyang, Sichuan, China

The breathtaking artifacts in the archaeology site Sanxingdui (Three-Star Mound) in Sichuan Province, China, astonished people with their exotic to the point of bizarre beauty.

For example, this pair of gold-masked busts though had all the prerequisite facial features, but the shape and proportions of those were so strange, that these busts were hardly human, at least not earthly human.  However bizarre they looked, they were absolutely to behold. The green patina of the bronze harmonized magically with the pale gold, which shone without being unnecessarily brilliant.

Sanxingdui (Three-Star Mound), China _4124 - 500

Gold and Bronze, Sanxingdui, Sichuan, China _4145

Another strange statue was a giant with the similar otherworldly facial feature.  The torso and arms were highly abstracted, resembled that of an advertising AirDancer in front of a shop, though it was obvious that this giant was an inflexible one.  His embracing arms and his screw nut hands, must have held a something long and thick, perhaps a holy staff or a scepter. 

Bronze, Sanxingdui (Three-Star Mound), Sichuan, China _ 2007_05_17_IMG_4116_mod

Bronze, Sanxingdui (Three-Star Mound), Sichuan, China _4127_mod

Bronze, Sanxingdui (Three-Star Mound), Sichuan, China _ 2007_05_17_IMG_4136_mod

The origin and the meaning of these mindbogglingly strange artifacts are a great riddle still to be solved.


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Monday, September 12, 2016

My Favorite Sculptures at Dazu Rock Carvings Grottoes, Chongqing, China

Dazu Rock Carvings Grottoes near Chongqing, China have wonderful Buddhist and Taoist sculptures and carvings dating back as far as the 7th century AD.

There were many fantastic sculptures and my favorite one was a Buddha with a fanciful flying wings atop his crown, which instantly softened and humanized the rather austere and upright Buddha.

Dazu Rock Carvings Grottoes in Chongqing _ IMG_4282

My second favorite sculpture was a "Circle of Life", which featured many animals and phases of life, a wonderful illustration of the concept of reincarnation.

Bao Ding Mountain Circle of Life., Dazu Rock Carvings Grottoes in Chongqing _ IMG_4276


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

My Favorite Sculptural Artifacts in Jinsha (Archaeological) Site Museum, Chengdu, China


Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan, China _ IMG_3862

The ancient culture in nowadays Sichuan Province, China was vastly different from those originated in the Yellow River region, the mainstream Chinese culture as we know it. Jinsha (Archaeology) Site Museum in Chengdu, China, featured many mysterious artifacts resembled those we would see in Sci-Fi movies.

Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan, China _ IMG_3872

The most treasurable item was a gold foil wheel of Sun Birds - four cutout mythical birds flying around a cutout swirling wheel, spilling flares just like the sun.  Perhaps, it was the red background generated the semblance to the fiery sun; but the effectiveness was uncanny.  The design of the birds and the flaring wheel were so modern that it was hard to believe that it was 5-6 thousand year old. One would incline to doubt if this had anything to do with extraterrestrials.  This gold wheel was so beautiful and touching that it could bring tears to many.

Sun Bird, Jinsha, Sichuan, China _3956

Sun Bird, Jinsha, Sichuan, China _3932

IMG_3933 - Sun Bird Gold Artifacts in Jinsha Archaeology Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 2007

Sun bird in Jinsha, Chengdu, Sichuan, China _ IMG_3930

Another intriguing artifact was a quite small gold mask, whose otherworldliness recalled that of the so-called Mask of Agamemnon. The face looked strange and a smile was as indecipherable as that of Mona Lisa.

Gold Mask in Jinsha, Chengdu, Sichuan, China _ IMG_3945


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