The Art Beat | Chen Jialing: Soft fragrance from the brush tip
"Whether I'm aware of it or not, drawing is also a process of self-cultivation," Chen Jialing often says. Chen Jialing is a leading figure in the Shanghai School of traditional ink painting. Born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, in 1937, he has been living in Shanghai for the past six decades. In his innovative approach to traditional Chinese ink painting, he uses free-spirited lines to describe the reality and picture of the world around him. During quarantine in Shanghai in 2022, Chen created 50 plum blossom paintings and 50 works of calligraphy based on ancient poems eulogizing the flower. He says he embraces the unique spirit of the plum blossom, which it shows by standing alone against the cold.