The World of Hu Jundi – Chinese Contemporary Artist

Hallmark Gallery has proudly presented the masterful works of contemporary Chinese artist Hu Jundi.  The female oil portraits painted by Hu Jundi possess the mystery of the beauty of the women of Sichuan province in China and the lingering romance of his uniquely and somewhat borderless style of painting.

For many years, we have guided collectors in their purchase of Hu Jundi’s master works and seen the many benefits of their decision.  We have decided to start a series of interviews and articles on Hu Jundi to help our future collectors of his work get a better understanding of the artist and his works.

For our first article of the series is a forward by renowned art critic from China, Zhong Biao.

Late Spring of March - original oil diptych by Hu Jundi

Late Spring of March - original oil diptych by Hu Jundi

Hu Jundi Profile

Birth date: 1962 in Jilin province.

1984 graduated from Sichan Fine Arts College, Chongqing

Forward by Zhong Biao, Artist, Director, Chonqing Art Museum

I first saw Hu Jundi’s work in the magazine ‘China Oil Painting’. It made a deep impression on me. After a little while, an art exhibition was held in Beijing. I hoped to find this artist in the exhibition, so I went. I was so pleased to see Hu Jun Di’s originals there. Because the published images I had previously seen were small, the originals were a revelation! His work had an incredible impact on the people. He proved the most talented master. His work is full of dense Chinese colors, the lush atmosphere and Sichuan’s warm moisture is floating in the paintings. I was hooked instantly to his canvas melodies.

Nature, original oil by Hu Jundi (胡峻涤油画)

Nature, original oil by Hu Jundi (胡峻涤油画)

To find out more about him, I decided to go to his hometown, LeShan, in the Sichuan Province. Hu Jundi’s studio was not big, about 12 square meters. In order to concentrate on his art, he gave up his business and sold his house in Beijing, and left the disturbingly noisy place. He came back to his hometown and kept himself quiet to focus on the art. Jundi decided to paint a series subject about the famous novel Liaozhai. It reflects that the Chinese are not satisfied with the social circumstance at that time. He painted the elegant appearance of the Sichuan woman. His brilliance is in the harmonious blend of traditional Chinese brush with the unmatched depth of oils. His paintings are completely Chinese, with colors of the Sichuan environment, harmonious, incomplete borders. They reflect the shadow of the most famous Chinese artist XU BEI HONG. But the oils give it a more universal, lasting appeal. The women are serene and beautiful, the attire is classical Sichuan Chinese, but there seems to be an appeal that goes beyond just Chinese. He does not use models. He paints the character in his mind, searching from a person in his life. He chooses the most wonderful moment in his mind and paints it. Catching a moment, this is the Chinese painting skill. To do it with oil painting, it is the most difficult. It took years of patient trial and error, along with his immense talent to master.

Two Women in Snow, original oil by Hu Jundi (胡峻涤油画)

Two Women in Snow, original oil by Hu Jundi (胡峻涤油画)

The works are as much a reflection of his spirit as his cool strength under pressure. As I know in China and probably the world, few artists can do that. In western artists I have seen, only Renoir could capture that style.

China has a very special artist ——- Hu Jun Di.

4 Comments

  1. Posted December 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Two Women in the Snow – I could drink this painting. It absolutely draws me in and I can do nothing but sit here and stare.

  2. Posted December 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    His limited editions “The Waiting” and “Winds of Change” have the similar subtlety and mysteriousness quality that make them exquisitely romantic.

  3. Tina Steele Lindsey
    Posted December 5, 2008 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    ooohhh, ahhhh, ooohhh, you are so correct, Michelle, and I am going to have to tear myself away from drinking those in as well and get on with my day

  4. Alicia
    Posted August 5, 2009 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I love all these paintings. Two ladies in the snow, and the lady with the Tiger, are specially eye catchers.

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