Jiang Huan: Temperature of Time at Eli Klein Fine Art
A Chinese contemporary realist painter, Jiang Huan is engaged in a foreign craft explored only since the beginning of the 20th century by artists and art schools in China. He masters the oil painting technique to such an extent that the figure and scene seem alive. The painter’s desire to create a realistic portrait of ideal beauty allows the spectator to draw a visual parallel with such painters as Ingres, Hans Holbein, Jan van Eyck, Raphael and contemporary Chinese artists Ai Xuan and He Duoling. The renderings appear so realistic that it is surprising that the scenes and landscapes are painted in the studio, as the old masters of the craft had done and not on site. Shiny, velvety brushstrokes are used to create the illusion of flesh and texture of the skin.