Winning Collectors Art Prize award 2023

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Collectors Art Prize

Early this year in January I received an email from CAC regarding the Collector Art Prize in 2023. It is a total surprise since I just turned down an offer from a British magazine (because their price is above and beyond my budget). Compared to that, the CAC’s admission fee is more reasonable.

So now you can see my award certificate in image above. You can also find my interview and online exhibition here.


A little story

Back in SUNY-ESF when I was in graduate school around 2011, my professor had an opportunity to make the cover article on a British academic journal. But he had to provide an cover photo by himself first. So as you can imagine, as the artistic graduate student in his lab, I was the one who made the final image for his article. It was not a drawing or painting but more like photo manipulating. Once he submitted the picture he said the journal didn’t select it. I was a little upset but that was just a try so I didn’t give it a second thought. A couple of days later in a group meeting, our post-doc which was the co-author mentioned that the article was confirmed to be the cover article and therefore my picture was confirmed to be the cover image.

Our post-doc asked the professor “Do you know that?”

The professor stared into blank and answered reluctantly “Yes. I received a 2000 dollar bill.”

Our post-doc noticed that I was a little nervous when I heard the “2000 dollar bill”. So she asked again “Have you ever had an cover article before?”

This time the professor sighed and answered “No.”

That was the end of this little story. But I miss our post-doc so much~ 🤣

PS: I should still have that picture somewhere in my computer. It is hard to find after all those years. However I find it online from the journal’s website. It is October 28th, 2011 issue 40.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.