Published Thu, Dec 20, 2012 9:08 am Dateline
The special exhibition Viewpoints and Vistas: Paintings by Yan Sun is currently on display at The Zanesville Museum of Art.
This solo exhibition recreates a series of travels and international experiences that Yan Sun has had over the past two years.
For viewers, the paintings explore, condense and clarify the places he has been and people he has seen. These places include Australia, France, New Zealand, Guatemala, Spain and Italy.
In addition, there is a wider sample of Yan’s images of dance. The beauty of ballet and of dance performances has always attracted him. The artist often listens to music when he paints, and music is often the source of inspiration for his paintings.
Yan Sun is the Ruth Dorsey Neptune Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Louis Palmer Gallery at Muskingum University.
He received his M.F.A. degree in painting and drawing from Texas A&M University-Commerce, an M.A. in Art History from Xi’an University of Fine Arts, and B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Northwest China Normal University.
Muskingum University awarded him with The William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001 and The William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2008.
Several books and catalogues have been published about his paintings, and, in 2012, he and his wife, Dr. Hong Yin, wrote and published The Unity of Nature and Humanity – Chinese Mausoleum Stone Sculptures in the Tang Dynasty.
Yan Sun has written, "An artist should create a world of imagination, and to compress life and meditation in the art language. Each artwork may not describe a specific story, but rather should attempt to challenge the mind and the soul of the beholder, and direct him to reflect upon philosophical ideas about life itself, as well as time and space."
The exhibition closes on February 16, 2013. Visit www.zanesvilleart.org for details.