錢自奮

 

Zifen Qian is a New Conceptual Romanticism artist who combines eastern and western cultures in his paintings. He established a concept of Global Culture with diversity of post modernism creations. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University and Portland State University with MFA a terminal degree of visual arts. He has taught art in Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University, and to be invited as Adjunct Professor of Art & Design College of Shanghai Institute of Technology, and as Art Research Specialist of Shanghai Culture & Artwork Research Institute. He has been elected as President of Northwest Chinese Artists Association in the United States in 1990s. He is currently the Vice President of America Arts Research Institute. His paintings have been selected into official Shanghai Fine Arts Exhibition and Across East China National Oil Painting Exhibition in his early ages. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Paris, London and other cities of the world. He has created a great number of paintings to be published through greeting card publishing company with over hundred million copies sold around the world in the past two decades. Oregon Senate and House of Representatives, museums, universities, large corporations and private collectors have acquired his original paintings. Oil painting <Traveling Companion> has been selected for the cover of an American national history book. He was exclusively invited as an illustrator of a celebrity's book <Entertaining With Betsy Bloomingdale>. His artistic life has been introduced by many important US and Chinese medias such as <The Washington Post> and <People's Daily>. His profile has been listed in <the Dictionary of Achievements of the World Chinese Artists>, 7 times in American editions <Who's Who in America> and 12 times in American editions <Who's Who in the World>. His book <The Art of Zifen Qian> is available online and in most major book stores of the United States, Europe and Asia.   

 

 

錢自奮

 

当代新概念浪漫主义画家。上世紀八十年代作品入选上海美展和华东六省一市油画巡回展,九十年代到本世紀一十年代在纽约,芝加哥,西亚图,波特兰,巴黎,伦敦等城市举办或参加过几十次个人及团体画展。油画或水墨画作品被美囯俄勒冈州參议院和众议院,波特兰州立大学等公共单位及私人收藏家收藏。油画《同路人》被选为美囯囯家历史教科书封面。三百多幅绘画在美国出版并于过去二十年间超过一亿张印有这些绘画之卡片流向美州,欧州,奥州,亚州,非州等十六囯。出版《錢自奮美术作品集》。生平及艺术创作被美中主要媒体如《华盛顿邮报》和《人民日报》等介绍。生平被編入《世界华人艺术家成就博览大典》。七次被载入美国名人录 Who’s Who in America和连续十二年被载入美国年度世界名人录 Who’s Who in the World。
 

毕业于上海师范大学艺术係,留学美国波特兰州立大学艺术学院获同等于博士的终极美术硕士学位MFA和艺术教育学博士课程论文优秀成绩。先后教授美术于美国西北太平洋艺术学院和波特兰州立大学艺术学院, 并应聘为上海应用技术大学艺术与设计学院客座教授和上海文化艺术品研究院研究员。曾当选为美囯西北地区中囯美术家协会主席。现任美囯书画艺术研究院副院长。作为中囯改革开放后的第一代跨世紀跨文化美术家,其油画和水彩画融中西方文化于一体並在创作中确立其作品中的后现代主义全球文化概念,其水墨画在表达当代精神的同时继承了中囯传统笔墨和文人画情怀。
 

 

 

 

  

   

ZIFEN QIAN STATEMENT 

 

As a visual statement, my painting enhances both western and eastern art traditions with modern spirit. One of main issues in my painting is about cultural diversity which merges a concept of global culture in the freedom of post-modernism creations. As a China born artist I am proud of having the privilege and the responsibility to create artworks with multi cultural concepts in addition to an approach of Modern Romanticism. The cultural diversity becomes more and more important issue not only in artistic expressions but also in all free communications in this global cultural society. The other issue in my painting is about art standard. The painting techniques are languages that should be expressing artist's philosophy, sprit and feelings. I always believe that professional artist must need the techniques of image making and the ability of using such techniques to present philosophical concept. It would be wrong to say that artist only need philosophical thinking without technical training. My painting has shown a clear point that art is not only a philosophical symbol but also an unique statement of creativity and aesthetics though professional skills.

 

I have greatly admired both western and Chinese old and modern masters who have done remarkable works with exceptional techniques and profound philosophical concepts. Those who have influenced my creative work are not only the techniques of their depictions and presentations, but more importantly the passion of creativity and its originality. From Botticelli's graceful, rounded style and the projection of a sense of spirituality in his works of later 15th century, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael's depth and powerful depiction icons in the High Renaissance, to Kandinsky, Mondrian, De Kooning and Pollock's abstract expressions in the 20th century; From Wu Dao Zhi's paintings in Tang dynasty, Guo Xi's paintings in Song dynasty to Wen Zhen Ming, Shen Zho's paintings in Ming dynasty, Ba Da San Ren's paintings in Qing dynasty … I have been truly inspired. In retrospect, my art experiences have shown the convergence of multiple approaches with those masters' influences in conjunction to my independent vision of the modern world. 

 

 

 

 

 

MAIN SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS OF ORIGINAL PAINTING

 

2016 Two oil paintings have been selected for "Embrace China - Art Academy Of North America Excellent Artworks" in Beijing Caimo Modern Art Museum, China

2015 One painting has been selected into 300 artworks (126 paintings) from nationwide selection of being voted for best popular artworks of China, with 39,893 votes to be number 8 of most popular paintings of the selection, by Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, China

Six paintings have been selected for "LOHAS Shanghai International Collectable Artworks Show" in Shanghai Exhibition Center, China

2014 Selected paintings exhibited at Fairweather House and Garden Gallery, OR. Selected paintings exhibited at Shanghai Culture And Artwork Research Institute, China 

2013 Art Walk show at Garden House Gallery, OR
2012 Selected painting show at Garden House Gallery, OR
2011 Abstract Exploration oil painting exhibition at Garden House Gallery, OR
2010 Selected paintings at international artwork review, Beijing, China
2008 Twelve paintings have been selected for the exhibition of “International Art Efforts” at Portland State University
2007 Three paintings have been selected into “New High Renaissance Art Exhibition” at Portland Art Center, Portland, OR
2006 Solo painting exhibition: “Zifen Qian Recent paintings” at International Artexpo New York Two paintings have been selected into “Living in Oregon Art Exhibition” at Portland Art Center, Portland, OR
2004 Five paintings have been selected into “Dressed In Color Exhibition” at Broderick Gallery, Portland, OR Two paintings have been selected into Les Galerie Bartovs, Paris
2003 Solo Painting exhibition: “Classical Meditations – Zifen Qian Paintings” at Dragon Gallery, New York. Two paintings have been selected into “The Art of Love Exhibition” at Malovat Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 Solo painting exhibition: “Zifen Qian Paintings” at International Artexpo New York, New York. Solo painting exhibition: “Classic Meets Modern Sprit” at Dragon Gallery, New York. One painting has been selected into a group exhibition at Cavanaugh Art Gallery, West Des Moines, IA. Five paintings have been selected into a group exhibition at Broderick Gallery, Portland OR
2000 Solo painting exhibition: “The Orient Meets the Occident - Zifen Qian Paintings” at Broderick Gallery, Portland, OR
1999 Two paintings have been selected into a group exhibition at Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. One painting has been selected into a group exhibition at Guggenheim Museum, New York
1998 Solo painting and drawing exhibition at Denise Amato Galleries, Lake Oswego, OR. Two paintings have been selected into a group contemporary art exhibition at Hayward Gallery, South Bank, London
1997 Solo painting exhibition: “Moonlight – Zifen Qian’s Art” at Emerlly Fine Arts Gallery, Seattle, WA. Solo Watercolor Exhibition at Denise Amato Galleries, Portland, OR
1996 Two men exhibition: “Paintings of Father and Son” at Denise Amato Galleries, Lake Oswego, OR
1995 Solo painting exhibition: “Zifen Qian Recent Paintings” at Denise Amato Galleries, Portland, OR
1994 Solo painting exhibition: “Zifen Qian Art” at Denise Amato Galleries, Portland, OR
1993 Nine paintings have been selected into a group exhibition at Denise Amato Galleries, Portland, OR
1992 Solo painting exhibition: “Zifen Qian Paintings” at Indigo Gallery, Portland, OR. Two paintings have been selected into “Art Faculty Work Exhibition” at the Art Gallery of Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
1991 Five paintings have been selected into a group exhibition at Denise Amato Galleries, Portland, OR
1990 Solo painting exhibition: “Zifen Qian Paintings” at Denise Amato Galleries, Portland, OR
1989 Solo painting exhibition: “Zifen Qian MFA thesis Painting Exhibition” at the Art Gallery of Portland State University
1987 Solo painting exhibition: “Realism from China – Zifen Qian Painting Exhibition” at US Bancorp Tower, Portland, OR
1986 One painting has been selected into “East China National Oil Paintings Exhibition” in China
1985 Three paintings have been selected into “World Health Organization Shanghai Health Education Painting Exhibition”, Shanghai, China
1984 One painting has been selected into “Shanghai Decorative Painting Exhibition”, Shanghai, China
1983 One painting has been selected into “Shanghai Fine Arts Academic Exhibition”, Shanghai, China

 

RESEARCHES & LECTURES

2016 Lecture: "Inheritance of Chinese Civilization at Modern Ink Creations" at Portland State University, Oregon, USA

2014 Lecture: "American Art Collection and Its Trend" at Shanghai Culture And Artwork Research Institute
2009 Lecture: "Forging A Global Culture By Comparing Western And Eastern Art" at Huron University College of University of Western Ontario, Canada. Lecture: "Comparison of Traditional Western Painting and Chinese Painting" at York University, Canada
2008 Lecture: “The Differences and Similarities of Traditional Chinese Painting and Western Painting” at Asia Art Service Center of Oregon
2007 Research: “European Art from High Renaissance to Present Time” at: National Gallery of London, UK; Prado National Museum, Spain; Art Center of National Museum of Reina Sofia, Spain; Collection of Carmen Thyssen Bornemisza of Madrid, Spain; Vatican Museum of Rome, Italy.
2004 Research: “Creation and It’s Root” at Versailles, D’Orsay Museum and Louver Museum at Paris, France
2002 Research: “Aesthetics and Creativity Effect Academic Achievements” at Portland State University
2000 Research: “The Relationship between Decorative Painting and Representational Painting” at National Art Museum of Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong Art Museum of Hong Kong, China
1999 Lecture: “Elements of Healing Arts in Scholar Paintings” at Reed College in Portland, Oregon
1998 Lecture: “A Brief Retrospective of 20th Century Chinese Paintings” in Denise Amato Galleries in Portland, Oregon

1997 Lecture: “Representing Profound Thoughts and Feelings Is Soul of Painting” at Portland State University

1994 Research: “Meaning of Modern Art” at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

1990 Lecture: “Realism with Modern Composition” at Denise Amato Galleries in Portland, Oregon

1989 “Enhanced Realism in the Development of My Paintings”, a thesis proved in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts from Portland State University

1983 “Art Boundary and Art Creation”, a thesis proved for Bachelor of Arts degree from Shanghai Normal University
 

PUBLICATIONS
2013 Seven paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2012 Ten paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2011 Eight paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2010 Five paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine arts, USA
2009 Two paintings have been published by <People's Daily>, China
2008 Ten paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2007 Book <The Art of Zifen Qian>, published by Livevest Publishing Company, USA.
Six paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2006 Twelve paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2005 Six paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2004 Twelve paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2003 Six paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2002 Ten paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
2001 Five paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA. One oil painting has been selected into an art book <Always Bright II> by Homa & Sekey publishing Company, USA
2000 Three paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA. One oil painting has been selected for a cover of the United States national college history book: <Traditions & Encounters, A Global Perspective on the Past>, Published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education Publishing Company, USA
1999 Five paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA. Art experience with an oil painting has been published in an art book <Always Bright-paintings from 1970-1999> by Homa & Sekey Books Publishing Company, USA
1998 Twelve paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
1997 Fifteen paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
1996 Artwork has been published by <Victoria> magazine of New York in May issue, USA. Thirteen paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
1995 Eight paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
1994 Forty watercolors for a book of <Entertaining with Betsy Bloomingdale> have been published by Beautiful America Publishing Co, USA. Eleven paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
1993 Seventeen paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
1992 Seven paintings have been published by Carol Wilson Fine Arts, USA
1988 Has been exclusively interviewed by <Stepping Out> arts magazine, five paintings with the interview have been published by the magazine, USA
1987 Artistic career and one oil painting have been introduced by <The Oregonian> newspaper, USA. Solo exhibition in US Bancorp Tower at Oregon have been introduced by <People’s Daily>, China
1986 One oil painting has been published by <Fujian Daily>,China. One oil painting has been published by <Youth & Health> magazine, China
1984 Three paintings have been published by <Literature Journal>, China
1982 One oil painting has been published by <Wunhue Daily>, China

 

PROFILES & AWARDS

2014 Biography in <Who's Who in America> of USA

2013 Biography in <Who's Who in America> of USA
2011 Biography in <Who's Who in the World> 29th edition of USA
2010 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 28th edition of USA
2009 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 27th edition of USA
2008 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 26th edition of USA
2007 Biography in <Who’s Who in America> 62nd edition of USA Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 25th edition of USA
2006 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 24th edition of USA
2005 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 23rd edition of USA
2004 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 22nd edition of USA Biography in <Who’s Who in America> 59th edition of USA
2003 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 21st edition of USA Biography in <Who’s Who in America> 58th edition of USA
2002 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 20th edition of USA Biography in <Who’s Who in America> 57th edition of USA
2001 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 19th edition of USA
2000 Biography in <Who’s Who in the World> 18th edition of USA
1999 Biography in <Who’s Who in the West> of USA
1995 Introducing of art career in newspapers of <The Washington Post>, <The Book Reader>, <The Knoxville News Sentinel>, <Houston Chronicle> of USA
1988 “Outstanding Painting Award” from Lucile S. Welch Memorial Foundation at Portland State University
1981 “Excellent Student Award” from Shanghai Normal University

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2014 Two paintings have been collected by Shanghai Culture And Artwork Research Institute
2005 A sample work of Art Education research via a student’s painting “Athletic Movement” has been collected by the President of the United States George W. Bush for the White House’s collection
2003 Painting “Light of Millennium” has been collected by Portland State University for the university’s collection
2000 Painting “Descend from Heaven” has been collected by Portland Christian Center for the church’s collection
1999 Painting “High Spirit” has been collected by the President of Senate in Oregon for state Senate’s collection. Painting “Blooming” has been collected by the Speaker of House in Oregon for state House’s collection
1996 Painting “Tie Lake Stone” has been collected by Portland Mayor for Portland City Hall’s collection
1991 Painting “Flower” has been collected by the president of Oregon State University for the university’s collection

 

EDUCATION

Doctoral program discussion: Art Education Pertaining to Human Development with Professor Catherine Z Elgin, Harvard University Graduate School of Education 2003

Doctoral course: Aesthetics Education, Portland State University Graduate School of Education 2002

Master of Fine Arts degree MFA, a terminal degree equivalent to Ph.D in other fields, Portland State University School of Fine and Performing Arts 1989

Bachelor of Arts degree BA, Shanghai Normal University School of Art 1983
 

 

 

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