Unlike western art having evolved from depicting religious subjects, Chinese guohua painting traditionally depicted epic scenes of landscape. Trees, bodies of water, mountain ranges; the purpose of the artist was seen as to be someone his collectors can live vicariously through, someone who can bring the beauty of nature to those who don’t live in such settings.
Li Manjin’s artwork trace the traditions of China using the accessible languange of western acrylic painting techniques. This beautiful Red Jungle is a deep examination into the subtle lives of plants. The microdoses of blue color, the intricate layers of branches, all otherwise lost in its background of green leaves if left to the naked eye.