jianxialiu artist

 

Awards and Recognition

2011年9月17日,华裔著名佛画家刘剑霞在联合国总部获得了联合国友好协会(Friends of the U.N)主席诺尔.布朗(NOEL J.BROWN)亲自签名颁发的“和平文化大使”(Cultural Ambassador for Peace)荣誉奖状,这是世界首位以佛教题材来表现世界和平的杰出艺术家获得联合国认可和颁发的此项殊荣。

Chinese famous Buddhist artist Jianxia liu won the Cultural Ambassador for Peace award from Friends of the U.N and present personally by the Chairman NOEL.Brown in the United Nations headquarter. This is the world’s first award presented to an outstanding Buddhist artist who bridge the Buddhism theme to express the wishes for the world peace.

2010/10/23: Original Work was exclusively recognized at a Manhattan showing by former US President Clinton. He received the featured painting ‘Bodhi’' for his private collection.

克林顿收藏刘剑霞佛画作品并给以高度评价

 

2011年9月16日,美华艺术协会行政总监周龙章先生代表协会为刘剑霞颁发“亚洲最杰出艺人奖”((Most Outstanding Asian Artists Award)

On September 16, 2011. The executive director of Chinese American Arts Council Mr Alan Chow present the Most Outstanding Asian Artist Award to Artist Jianxia liu.

 

2011年7月7日,刘剑霞获得由联合国美术家协会(United Nations Artist Association)主席签名颁发的“Outstanding Achievements in Arts "杰出艺术成就奖

 

现任美国联邦众议员gary ackerman(艾克曼,)收藏刘剑霞佛画 2011

美国联邦参议员陆天娜(KirstenGillibrand)收藏刘剑霞佛画 2010

2011/5/21: A painting by Jianxia Liu was selected by the former president of the Seattle Museum, Mimi Gates, to represent the Dunhuang cave painting style for her lectures at Columbia University. Mimi Gates private collected this painting.

比尔盖茨的母亲咪咪盖茨,在哥伦比亚大学敦煌讲座,刘剑霞敦煌作品应邀参加现场展示,作品被咪咪盖茨收藏。

 

Jianxia Liu: Artist’s Resume

Biography

Jianxia Liu, born Dec.4, 1972 in Ruzhou City, Henan Province, China

Education

1990-1994: Zhengzhou University, Bachelors Degree with a major in Painting

1996-1997: Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing / Continued Advanced art studies Post Graduate

1997-2008: Beijing, Songzhuang artist center, ongoing study and studio work

2008--Invited by the CCA Gallery (China Contemporary Arts Gallery) to show at an international exhibition in New York City, USA

2009-2011 – Continued work/study in New York.

Ongoing study of historical Buddhist Chinese styles and techniques using contemporary media as well as adapting western self-expressive aesthetics to my unique individual expressive style

Awards and Recognition

1. 2011/9/17: Cultural Ambassador for Peace ---presented to Jianxia Liu by the Chairman Noel. Brown for the Friends of the U.N in the United Nations headquarter. This is the world’s first award presented to a Buddhist artist who bridges the Buddhism theme to express the wishes for the world peace.

2. 2011/9/16: Most outstanding Asian Artist---presented to Jianxia Liu by the executive director of Chinese American Arts Council Mr Alan Chow.

3. 2011/7/4: Excellent Art Achievement---presented to Jianxia Liu by the Chairman Jicheng Yao of Global Artist League.

4. 2011/1/29 Outstanding achievements in art—presented to Jianxia Liu by United Nation Artists Association

5. 2006/9: Gold Prize—presented to Jianxia liu for the original oil painting work Dunhuan impressions by the Organizing Committee of China art Exposition in the 13th China Art Exposition, Beijing China 6. 2010/10/23: Recognition by former US president Bill Clinton---the featured painting ‘Bodhi’ was presented to President Clinton for his private collection with praise for Jianxia Liu’s exceptional work.

7. 2010/11 Recognition by Congressman Gary Ackerman—the featured painting ‘Maijishan Bodhisattva’ was private collected by the Congressman Ackerman at an invitational cultural gathering.

8. 2010/10: Recognition by United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand - The painting 'Goddess' was selected by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her private collection.

9. 2008/06: Recognition by the The US Red Cross Charity - The painting pain’ Jianxia Liu was exclusively featured in an article about the Broadway Star Charity Show raising funds to help the victims of the 5.12.2008 earthquake in China. The painting was chosen as the background theme for the event.

10. 2011/5/21: A painting by Jianxia Liu was selected by the former president of the Seattle Museum, Mimi Gates, to represent the Dunhuang cave painting style for her lectures at Columbia University. Mimi Gates private collected this painting.

11. 2011/5/6: Media and press recognition-Organized to celebrate the commissioned mural size oil painting “Dharma assembly of Medicine Buddha” Media include: Xinhua news agency, China daily, World Journal, USWTV and others

12. 2011 : Recognition as ‘Chinese Premiere Artist’ - Certificated awarded by the Hong Kong International Arts Auction Center, and the committee for Chinese Artist qualification.

13. 2011 : Recognition by Chinese painting and Calligraphy Art Center with Award and letter of appointment

14. 2011/10: Recognition by Beijing Oil Painting Society. The artwork “Buddha” was collected by the Society and an excellence artwork certification was awarded.

15. 2011/4 : Recognition by the National Artist / Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Center. Representative work “nirvana” and personal Art biography of Jianxia Liu was entered into the permanent National Database of Chinese Art History, and National Famous Artist Work Anthology

Clubs and Associations

2008/ongoing : Membership of Global Artist League

2011/ongoing : Membership of Henan Artists Association

2011/ongoing : Membership of Associate Beijing oil painting society.

Artistic Statement

I have spent the last 12 years studying the ancient works of various Buddhist artistic traditions in wide ranging regions of my home country, China. These include travels and research studies throughout China, including Tibet and Dunhuang world culture heritage site, at the same time go through the Southeast Asia.

My interest is deeply rooted in my Buddhist faith and desire to transmit and translate this unique cultural art form to a modern sensibility using contemporary materials.

My efforts focus and unique abilities follow three paths.

1. Successfully studied and mastered the techniques of ancient mural painting, particularly those of the renowned Chinese caves known as Dun Huang caves.

After many years research directly on site, with studio work and experiment, I have learned and mastered the lost painting techniques that have enabled me to fully preserve and reproduce the precious historical work of Chinese ancient mural painting. In doing so, I have developed a unique knowledge and ability that allows me to translate these ancient methods to canvas with contemporary mediums.

In this process I use ancient mineral colors combined with contemporary mediums creating an artistic quality almost identical to the original caves. While it is of course important for scholars to study the meanings and importance of these ancient traditional expressions, it is even more important to preserve these methods and actual techniques and abilities, and to create the work with the same devotion as the many original artists.

Currently my work is unique in that I am the only one in China has dedicated themselves to master these techniques.

The ancient frescos in China, and elsewhere, are gradually being destroyed by human and natural causes. My work is dedicated to preserve these unique images and techniques for present and future generations. Part of my current mission is to preserve and pass this knowledge and unique content on to future generations. I am working on copying to preserve a number of select representative murals for posterity.

While in the United States I have presented representative selections of my work to those interested in this preservation effort.

A copy of Dunhuang Mogao grottoes cultural heritage of the world from No.220 cave was presented to Clinton for his private collection. :

 

 

 

A copy of Dunhuang grottomuralswas collected by the United States Senator Kirsten:

 

 

Three Bodhissitas’ was collected by Mimi Gates, a copyof Dunhuang heritage site No. 248 cave

All these paintings belong to my ongoing MuralSeries.

2. Using Western oil painting techniques to present traditional Buddhist stories not well known in the west.

In the West, there are many oil painting masters displaying the stories, lessons and traditions of the Bible. It is my goal to use these techniques to share with the west the many wonderful imagery and stories of the Buddhist tradition.

This year I devoted 8 months to complete a mural-wall sized oil painting ‘Dharma Assembly of Medicine Buddha’ in my New York studio. This was the first time such a traditional representation has been made in the west dedicated to Buddhist art history. Many western scholars, art collectors and Buddhists are anticipating my ongoing and future work filling this void in the west. Because I am both an artist and a Buddhist this effort is central to my mission. I continue to study Buddhist Scriptures and deepen my knowledge of the vast artistic legacy of the Buddhist canon in order to assure the scholarly and devotional authenticity of my artistic representations.

 

Size 2m*5m

It is my commitment, one of love and devotion, to study, perfect and preserve these past techniques and translate them as possible with media available today and to make this work available for both their traditional roles as focus pieces of religious meditation and prayer as well as objects of traditional beauty for the general public.

Audiences kneel down to pray

This style of painting serves a very important devotional purpose. Apart from its artistic and scholarship merit and focus, my Buddhist pictures are sources of inspiration for prayer and contemplation on the part of Buddhists worldwide, both here in America and abroad

I know that Buddhist Americans from all backgrounds appreciate and express a desire for this kind of painting. For myself, it is a life mission to offer through my art a means for the heart to be peaceful, loving and hopeful. I am currently at work on a number of these devotional paintings as part of a series telling the meaning and story of Buddhism.

3. Contemporary Buddhist art series

This style is a personal synthesis my many efforts and work. This style is closer to Western life with simple lines and colors. Zen Buddhist in tone and philosophy, the paintings are created to open people’s hearts and bring out the inner peace during our busy life. In these days of turmoil and conflict a serene state of mind and heart is so important. In these paintings I endeavor to express a true heart and mind, goodness, love, and share this with everyone.

It is an unfolding exploration of the contrasting styles and aesthetic philosophies of ‘east’ and ‘west’; contrasting tradition with what is termed the freedom of expression, the devotional and iconic with individual poetry and self-expression.

Valerie Jablonski, America psychical therapist:

I was particularly drawn to "Sunyata", as it reflected themes in my own life, seeking a way of wisdom out of turmoil and suffering that was both emotional and physical. I began to wonder if I were going to be able to live without this reminder of a life that transcends daily stress, from which I could draw strength and experience renewal.

And so I bought the painting. You may be interested to know that my commitment to the painting has coincided with an increased commitment to a yoga meditation practice. In being calmer and more centered, I can more effectively help others, and be more compassionate, in my work as a therapist and in my life. I expect the effects of "Sunyata", like the lotus flower, to keep regenerating good works for myself and others.

Congratulations to Jianxia Liu for using her gift so wisely for the good of all of us on this earth

Closing

It is my deepest hope to be able to share this rare and unique tradition with those in the west who share an interest in the arts of the world and the making this a living part of our world today.

I am additionally dedicated and working on the study of modern western work and its aesthetic sensibility absorbing, evolving and integrating this into my own self-expressive works.

I seek a individual expression and freedom incorporating the techniques and dimensions proscribed in traditional eastern Buddhist iconographical work and incorporating them into a personal composition using cultural symbols giving birth to a fresh living and unique vision.

Exhibition

2011/11/30—12/4 Miami solo art week , Miami Solo

2011/9/9--10/7: Jianxia Liu Solo Exhibition of Modern Buddhist Art .

Chinese American Arts Council. Manhattan

2011/7.7-9.3: Solo Exhibition of Modern Buddhist Art, New York, Manhattan

DIB GALLERY

2011/5.21: Jianxia Liu Painting displayed at Columbia University representing the Dunhuang style and content shown by Ms. Mimi Gates during her Dunhuang Lecture . New York

2010/12/30: Invitational Exhibition at Kew Gardens, New York

Annual exhibition along with renowned international artists Wuji Zhao, Yidang Wang and Feiyun Yang .

2008/11/6: Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York

2008/6/23: U.S. Red Cross Charity Exhibition. Manhattan

2008/5/20-27: Chinese Contemporary Artists Group Invitational Exhibition

(Asian Cultural Center) New York

2008/4: Park Avenue Armory Asian Art Expo, New York

2007/11: Songzhuang Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing

2007/7: Exhibition for 25th Anniversary of Chinese-Korean Relations,

Shangshang Art Center, Beijing

2007/6: Korean-Chinese Exchange Exhibition (Seoul; South Korea)

2006/9: Beijing International Art Expo (Won Gold Prize for her work

“Dunhuang Impressions”)

2006/1: Chinese-Korean Exchange Exhibition, Today Museum, Beijing

2005/7: London Chinese Group Art Exhibition - selections of my representative paintings copied from the Dunhuang murals using my unique techniques and methods

AK Gallery London

2005/6: Jingdong international art center, joint exhibition

2004/11: Yuquan Gallery exhibition, Beijing, Representative works

2002/9: Dream Gallery, Spain, representative work

1998/12: Hongqiao Gallery , Temple of Heaven, Beijing, representative work

Personal Statement

I wish to thank you for reviewing the enclosed materials.

My experience over the last two years has been profoundly rewarding and I am thankful to the many people who have helped me to establish myself in this exciting country. I have feel for the first time I have found fertile and receptive soil for my work to flourish.

In order for arts to truly grow there must be the openness and freedom of spirit and heart. It is for this reason, among others, that I seek to live and work in this country and share my abilities and art, where I may work without fear and show work openly to a diverse and free people.

As I hope you can see, I have dedicated my life to the study and creation of art, and especially its connection with faith and devotion.

Three years ago I came to the United Sates to explore a more receptive and supportive environment for my work. I came alone and have worked very hard since I have been here to find my way creating work and growing in this country

During this time I have exhibited work, won awards, and met many wonderful people who have helped me in many ways.

My commitment is to my love of Buddhism and its related art forms. This is my life’s mission; to create a unique and modern expression of Buddhism in the world today. My work is a work of love and compassion and I seek to share this openly in my community.

I also have unique background to share, using modern knowledge of western oil painting techniques to preserve ancient and now threatened art forms being destroyed in my native country.

 

 

 刘剑霞简历
出生于1972年12月,93年毕业于郑州文化艺术学校。

2011年在联合国总部获联合国“和平文化大使”荣誉称号,也是美华艺术协会2011年度“亚洲最杰出艺术家”奖章获得者,现为国家一级美术师,北京油画学会会员,在中国花了12年的时间在多个地区广泛地来研究古代传统的佛教艺术,包括穿越西藏,徒走敦煌,并且还在东南亚地区进行考察。 曾在韩国,英国,美国举办联展和个展,作品多被画廊机构及私人收藏。2008年赴美,继续创作佛教作品,佛画作品曾被联合国友好协会主席诺尔.布朗(NOEL J.BROWN),美国前总统克林顿,现任美国联邦众议员艾克曼及美国联邦参议员陆天娜(Kirsten Gillibrand),比尔盖茨的母亲咪咪盖茨(原西雅图博物馆馆长)等收藏。2008年 抗震救灾作品《锥心之痛》在美国红十字会举办的为中国赈灾筹款晚会中引起巨大反响和轰动

艺术展览经历:

2011年9月9日-10月7日:“无住生心--刘剑霞当代佛画展(美国曼哈顿美华艺术协会)

2011年7月7日:“心生莲花”--刘剑霞当代佛画展在曼哈顿DIB画廊开幕
2011年5月21日,刘剑霞与比尔盖茨的继母咪咪盖茨合作,在哥伦比亚大学敦煌讲座上展出敦煌作品《供养菩萨》
2011年5月6日,刘剑霞大型佛画《药师琉璃光佛会》纽约新闻发布会成功举办  美国鲁宾艺术博物馆特殊活动主管Chris出席并给以高度评价
2010年10月23日: 刘剑霞在纽约曼哈顿受到美国前总统克林顿的会见,克林顿并在当日收藏了刘剑霞一幅佛画《菩提》
2010年10月12日,美国纽约秋圆与王沂东,杨飞云等联展
2008年11月6日—10日:纽约亚洲当代艺术博览会
2008年6月23日:美国红十字会慈善艺术展

2008/4:纽约军械库博览会展览

2007.6:韩中艺术交流展(韩国首尔,忠州)

Mission and Goal statement
我的创作灵感与表达
My art is dedicated to expressing iconic Buddhist traditional forms and styles employing modern materials and sensibility. My interest includes both traditional and contemporary expressive styles, with a focus on oil-painting incorporating Buddhist images and design.
我的艺术致力于运用现代材料和感性表达来呈现传统佛教艺术的风格。致力于寻找传统艺术与油画创作的能呈现出佛教艺术的结合点。


My interest is deeply rooted in my Buddhist faith and desire to transmit and translate this unique cultural art form to a modern sensibility using contemporary materials.
我的兴趣根植于对佛教艺术的信仰,我致力于用现代材料来表达这种独特的文化艺术形式。让中国的传统佛教呈现于现代世界中。
Chinese Traditional Buddhist expression in the Modern World

I have spent the last 12 years studying the ancient works of various Buddhist artistic traditions in wide ranging regions of my home country, China. These include travels and research study throughout China, including Tibet and Dunhuang, at the same time go through the Southeast Asia.
我在我的国家-中国,花了12年的时间在多个地区广泛地来研究古代传统的佛教艺术,包括穿越西藏,徒走敦煌,并且还在东南亚地区进行考察。

It is my commitment, one of love and devotion, to study, perfect and preserve these past techniques and translate them as possible with media available today and to make this work available for both their traditional roles as focus pieces of religious meditation and prayer as well as objects of traditional beauty for the general public
我对自已的创作使命是,热爱、研究同时完善过去的技法,并尽可能的用现代手法来呈现这一艺术领域的特征。同时传播这一艺术领域的崇高影响所带给人们的宁静及冥思。将它们的信仰力量与美感同时呈现给现代大众。

It is my deepest hope to be able to share this rare and unique tradition with those in the west who share an interest in the arts of the world and making this a living part of our world today......

我非常深切的希望能够尽自己最大的力量来表达这一独特但又传统的艺术风格,使大家了解我的艺术形式,并一起分享这个世界生活的一部分…