Qingdao Cityscapes: What makes them Chinese paintings?

Painted using local materials, Chinese watercolours, stretched on linen canvas or painted on wood panels using oil paints, these cityscapes of Qingdao highlight the traditional Chinese architecture and the German styles of building, side by side and upside down, that are so prevalent in this city of North Eastern China.

Qingdao is a relatively large seaside town of 10 million people located in Shandong province. It was influenced by the German occupation of the early 20th Century. Before that, it was a substantial Ming Dynasty port... and before that, a prehistoric fishing settlement. Home to artists and poets for thousands of years, right across from Korea and Japan, Qingdao offers visitors a delightful blend of Western and Eastern beauty. Today the city retains a very "European" ambience, with its red tile roofs or brick buildings in beautiful harmony and contrast to its genuine Chinese character.

This vision of Qingdao is presented in a modern - post - modern image that is based on the diamond shape or Rhombus. Painted by an American artist trained in Western Painting technique living in China working with local materials, this painting IS or/ IS NOT a Chinese painting?


There are over 25 paintings in the first Qingdao series from 2014 to 2015 and the original cityscapes date back to the 1990's; they range from New York City, to cities in Europe, the Carribean and the Middle East.

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