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Well-known artists on the Island and the Artistic style Influenced by the exchanges between Chinese and western cultures.[2016-08-03]

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    Zhang Xiaohan (1923-1988)
    He is considered as a great master in landscape painting whose masterpieces are realistic with both living and entertainment characters.
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    Lin Kegong (1901-1992)
    He is the sixth child of Lin Erjia, the owner of Shuzhuang Garden. Lin Kegong was once the dean of Taipei Arts School.
    Xiamen Net – Xiamen Daily (Reporter Huang Xiaobo) Beautiful landscape, bright sunshine, warm climate and attracting sceneries can best satisfy the artist’ needs of painting and writing. The seascape of Kulangsu have long been favored by the artists.
    In the modern era, the talent of the artists here has been influenced by the west and thus they started to depict the scenery of the island with western techniques. More importantly, it is often the case that Kulangsu is the first one to experience the exchanges of architecture and life style between China and the west. The advantages brought by its unique location provide the island with a special ground for cultural development, which also influenced the artistic styles of Xiamen, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
    It can be said that, the painting of Kulangsu, similar to its music, has formed its unique tradition in the integration of Chinese and western cultures. Consequently, there have appeared a great number of notable works and painters. When it comes to traditional Chinese painting, for instance, we have Gong Zhi (1869-1943) who is very popular among collectors because of his extraordinary skills in flower drawing. Zhang Xiaohan (1923-1988) is a master in landscape painting whose masterpieces are realistic with both living and entertainment characters. Yang Xialin plays a major role in the establishment of Xiamen Luchao Arts School. As for western painting, Zhou Tingxu (1903-1972) was quite active in Europe and America from 1920s and 1950s, and he became the first foreign member of Royal Society of British Artists. Lin Kegong (1901-1992) is the sixth child of Lin Erjia, the owner of Shuzhuang Garden. Lin Kegong was once the dean of Taipei Arts School. Ye Jinyong (1908-1978) is very professional in advertisement and decoration and he is also one of the co-founders of Xiamen Academy of Arts and Design. And there is a centenarian, Ye Yongnian (1909-2011), who after his retirement secluded himself from others and committed himself to the oil painting of Kulangsu.
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    The Highest Sculpture of Zheng Chenggong in China was Built in 1980s
    The sculpture of Zheng Chenggong seems to have become a mystery which arouses curiosity among the citizens in Xiamen. It is strange that, for many times, the typhoon which seemed to be hitting the city, finally made a detour, and fortunately the city was thus saved. It is for this reason that the local people think Zheng Chenggong to be the guardian who can drive the typhoon away. People have such strong faith in the power of the guardian that, even in 1999 when Xiamen was hit by Typhoon No. 14, they found an explanation for the exception, that is, Zheng happened to be visiting Taiwan right then.
    In 1981, to commemorate Zheng Chenggong’s contribution in Taiwan’s recapture, the governments of Fujian Province and Xiamen city decided to build a sculpture of the hero, and a committee was set up to manage the program. The sculpture was designed by Ms. Shi Yi, a professor in China Central Academy of Fine Arts,and it was finished on August 27th, 1985.
    The professor had drafted over 20 preliminary sketches for the sculpture. The hero seemed rather tough and powerful in the final version. He Bingzhong, who used to be the curator of Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall, also participated in the design. Once he joked, “Shi Yi, how could you manage to design a sketch which looks so powerful while you seem so petite yourself?” I don’t know, either. She answered. I just read a lot of books about him.
    Then where to put it since we have finished its design? An agreement was made. People decided to put it on the Fuding Rock resting on the southeast of the island, because it is solid and can bear huge weight.
    Then what’s the height proper to the sculpture? The committee put up a long stick with a long banner. A worker was asked to stay on the rock. Another group of workers rowed to the sea around Shapowei. They brought a cellular phone and saw whether the height of the banner was proper. They exchanged information through the phone and kept adjusting the height of the banner. When they felt the banner’s height was in harmony with the surrounding, then it was done. It was 15.7 meters high.
    Facing the sea, dressed in corselet and sword in hand, the hero is so strong and tough that it makes people feel at ease. It is tough indeed, joined by 625 ‘Quanzhou White‘ rocks of the best quality. Weighing 1617 tons, it is the largest sculpture of Zheng Chenggong in the country. The rocks which look rather even on the surface were first hung up with steel rope and then joined together with stainless steel and white cement. There stands a cement pillar in the sculpture, and the pillar is composed of 118 rebars, which are three meters deep in the rock. The lightening rod is on the hero’s hat.
    Qin Island is recognized as the cradle of modern Chinese lacquer painting.
    Lacquer painting is a new form of arts in modern painting. Lacquer painting, generally speaking, refers to all drawings with lacquer. Lacquer painting can be both arts and handcrafts. It can be the art for appreciation and admiration. It can also be used as decorations for daily use. The materials for the painting can be varied. Except for lacquers, there are gold, argentum, lead, tin, shells as well as stone and wood pieces. Except for vermilion, other colours such as mineral yellow, titanium white, titanium blue and titanium green can also be used. The techniques can also be varied. The painting can fall into several categories, such as paint, pile paint, carved paint, inlay paint, colour painting and grind painting according to the techniques used.
    In 1974, Fujian Academy of Arts and Design which was located on Kulangsu established the lacquer painting department. It was also the first full-time one in the country, thus making itself the cradle of modern Chinese lacquer painting.
    Moreover, Xiamen Kulangsu Modern Chinese Lacquer Painting Academy, the first of its kind in the country, was also set up on the island, and it is now situated in the ancestral hall of Wu, No. 97 Kangtai Road.