Friday, February 3, 2017

Journey to China 2016

 Never knew how much I love to see the Ancestral Temple of Foshan
 My hometown Foshan is located in the northern area of the Pearl river basin, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Guangzhou, China. Last autumn-early morning-it's all still and quiet- it's a magical moment. 
With a long history dating back to approximately 5,000 years, the city gained its name from the three Buddha statues unearthed in this area in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Having a temperate climate with abundant rainfall, it has been a land of fish and rice. Besides fishing and farming, the local craftsmen were also known for their skills in making ceramics. Thriving handicraft industries, commerce, and the arts made Foshan one of the four most famous towns in Tang and Song (960-1279) dynasties. It has a reputation as the home of Chinese ceramic arts, Cantonese operas and martial arts. Step into a world of rich culture and history and discover how this very site was the coveted jewel in the crown when it comes to the preservation of Chinese arts that has influenced the rest of the world.
 Chinese lanterns
Lucky prayer tree
 Temple Garden
 Wanlu Lake
Wanlu Lake
My ancestral home in LongChuan County,Guangdong.
Poem written on ancestral home in LongChuan by an uncle.
 Ancestral home in LongChuan
 Rice paddy in Longchuan
 Preparing a feast at ancestral home in LongChuan
Stuffed tofu, a regional specialty
Fried barbecue pork rind 
 Southern China water chestnet
Produce from the southern China market
Guangdong Dim-Sum
 Field trip to Suzhou
 Reading ten thousand books is not as useful as traveling ten thousand miles. ~ Chinese proverb
Ancient city gateway into Suzhou
 Suzhou and an amazing water village
 Suzhou and an amazing water village
 Ancient garden in Suzhou
Taisi water garden in Suzhou
  A rainy day in Hungzhou, west lake.
 Fellow travelers visiting ancient town in Heyuan county
 Relaxing at Suzhou hotel
Renshou Pagoda, Foshan, China

All photos by Shijun & Charles Munns

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Shijun art published as cover image for Natural Awakenings

 I am most honored to have my painting "Serenade" selected for the cover of Natural Awakens magazine 2016 September issue. Also, a big thank you for the wonderful artist bio by freelance writer April Thompson----
''Art is healing and nourishment.'' Says cover artist Shijun Munns. "A world without art separates us from living our full potential. The creation of art is an expression of love, acceptance and gratitude.'

Munns' art draws in viewers with ethereal images of gardens, animals, mermaids, women and other evocative subjects painted in lush, warm colors. Munns is inspired by the beauty of nature, humanity and the fantasy world of fairy tales. Her cover work, Serenade, evokes the importance of friendship and the joy of music, as well as the peace and good fortune symbolized by the dove. 

Munns was born and raised in Foshan and is a graduate of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. She has received numerous awards for her artistic achievements in both painting and art instruction.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and art shows across the US, China and Hong Kong, while her paintings can be found in private collections throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Munns now lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and pets, where she teaches art classes.
 Natural Awakenings cover artist bio page for Shijun Munns
"Serenade" 2006 oil on canvas 36"x36" by Shijun Munns. This painting is in a collection of a Japanese art collector

Friday, August 12, 2016

Solo Exhibition of New Works by Shijun Munns

 I had a great time at a new location for a solo exhibition in Atlanta's old 4th ward at the Modello Salon. There were many wonderful people and friends that came by to visit and see my new art.
 "A land of Idyllic Beauty II" by Shijun Munns, 2016 oil on canvas 36x36"
 Art Party on reception day.
 With friends at the art party reception.
 With friends at the art party reception.
 Art party
  Art party
Some new artwork of mine.
 "Celebration III" by Shijun Munns
"Blessed Season II" by Shijun Munns, oil on canvas 2016, 30x30"
 "Gateway" by Shijun Munns, oil on canvas, 22x28"
Some of paintings

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