Jiayong Zhao and her paintings
Jiayong Zhao was a net friend I met several years ago. I remember she sent a few paintings in a painting group and I chanced to see them in which I felt a childlike temperament that professional painters lack. Only later did I know that she was nearly seventy years old.
When we became familiar with each other later, I realized that she liked painting since she was a child, but it was not until she finished helping the two daughters with bringing up their kids that she managed to pick up the paintbrush. She wants to make the dream in childhood come true, to be a happy painter as Mrs. Moses.
Full of interest and naivety, her paintings are simple in shape, unique in color, thick in life flavour, and highly recognizable in painting language. The overall composition and definite use of lines organically combine the oriental classical taste and modern expressive elements. Her rich life experience embodies persistence, simple, solidity, and richness in the paintings.
As a diligent painter, she not only learns from the predecesssors' experience, but also devotes herself to tapping her own potential. That she can generate a steady stream of themes from her personal experience and living environment owes to her rich imagination, leaping thinking, sincere painting, strong feelings and lasting expression.
Although Mrs. Zhao is over the age of 70, I think she still has infinite potential. She not only paints a lot, but also devotes herself to each one as she wants to be a "full-time painter without professional training". She unconsciously sticks to her naivety and naturally has her own unique language.
From my point of view, she is already an outstanding artist with great achievements among amateur painters.
Feb. 18th, 2022
Painting the Arcadia in my heart- Jiayong Zhao
II was born in Qongqing, and I have loved literature and art since I was a child. I drew and painted on my textbooks at my school time from elementary to middle school when I dreamed to be a writer or an artist. Unfortunately, due to historical reasons, I was forced to drop out at the age of 15 after finishing the second year of middle school. Since then, I have missed my dream of literature and art. I had been working as an accountant for 40 years after education, and then helped my two daughters with bringing up their sons after retirement . It was not until at the age of 70 that I had my free space and time.
As the saying from Grandma Moses goes "It's never too late to start anything you like", I am very glad that I managed to return to my hobby at the age of 70, and was lucky enough to meet Huajie Zhang, a Doctor of Art, to enter New Painting New Thinking ( an advanced art training class online) founded by him, and from then on I formally started learning painting. In the past 5 years, I have learned color-mixing and compositions, improved my artistic accomplishment, and constantly explored my own painting direction. If my paintings could make people mentally happy with their interesting forms and connotations, that would be my refreshing harvest!
I cherish my later years very much, and spend every day happily in painting and artistic practice, so my works are joyful, playful, symbolic and nostalgic. What I paint shows my thoughts in mind, interest in life and my hope for the rest of life.
was born on May 16th, 1946, started working as an accountant in 1961, retired in 2001, and has been painting since 2016.