范昌乾Fan Chang Tien
Born in 1907 in Jieyang, Guangdong province, China. Graduated from former Shanghai Art College. studying under the masters Wang Geyi, Wang Yiting, Pan Tianshou and others, who were disciples of Wu Changshuo, the renowned master of the Shanghai School of Painting. Guided by his philosophical approach towards life and art, Fan’s work navigates a profound connection between self-expression, nature and the literary tradition in which he belongs to–and as a result, his work is a masterful combination of allegory and art, executed by bold yet sensitive strokes. His favourite subjects of bamboo and orchids are often depicted to express the values that he identifies with – the bamboo stood for fine gentlemanly qualities such as humility and integrity while the orchid emits elegant fragrance and embodies refinement and goodness.
F2 山樂图 | Joyful Mountain Scene 69x45cm
山樂图 | Joyful Mountain Scene
Joyful Mountain Scene
Sudden feelings of immense joy and happiness,
Rowing amidst the surrounding silence and stillness.
Rambling sound of waterfall towards the sky headed,
Hustling and bustling of mercenary world detested.
竹蘭 | Bamboo & Orchid Beauty 73x52cm
竹蘭 | Bamboo & Orchid Beauty
嶺東 范昌乾 范氏、 昌乾 两印章
Bamboo & Orchid Beauty
For fifty years the simple bamboo painted,
At times in complement orchids were added.
Since ancient times artists took great pleasure,
To magnify its beauty in good measure.
N05 流水闲钓 | Fishing on A Fine Day (1984) 70x35cm
流水闲钓 | Fishing on A Fine Day
Fishing on A Fine Day
Cliffs and peaks intertwine with each other,
Idealistic longings remain steadfast ever.
Meandering rivers and streams flowing unceasingly,
A good day to take the boat out fishing delightfully.
F14 秋林群棲 | Congregation 96.5x35cm
秋林群棲 | Congregation
鄞人 吴永良 题
Painted by Fan, inscription by Prof Wu Yong Liang from Hangzhou.