Plum Blossom Ink Art, nestled in the heart of vibrant Brighton, draws its essence from the ancient echoes of Chinese heritage, resonating amidst the picturesque backdrop of the Sussex Downs and the serene expanse of the English Channel.
I am Jing Wang, known affectionately as Jing among friends, a native of Xingyi, near the verdant borders of China's southwestern frontier with Vietnam.
My earliest memories are steeped in the mesmerizing cadence of my father's calligraphy brush, its ink scent mingling with the whispers of rice paper, initiating me into the timeless tapestry of China's cultural legacy.
Life's journey has led me across continents and back again.
Out into the world
Embarking on academic pursuits in Japanese language and literature at Chongqing University, my professional voyage as an interpreter and project manager traversed the bustling streets of Hong Kong, the tranquil lanes of Japan, and eventually, the embrace of England, where I found love and motherhood.
Yet, amidst the tumult of life, adversity struck with the weight of redundancy, health battles, and the poignant loss of my father, leaving me adrift, questioning my identity.
In the echoes of ancient China, I found solace.
Echoes of Ancient China
Exploring the wisdom of ancient literati, masters of calligraphy, brush painting, and the melodic strains of guqin music, I felt compelled to rediscover the artistry of Chinese calligraphy and brush painting. In the hallowed halls of the British Museum, I found inspiration in the timeless beauty of Chen Lu's "Plum Blossoms and Moonlight."
The establishment of the Little Dragon Mandarin School became my sanctuary, where I shared the lyrical rhythms of my native tongue and immersed myself in the soul-stirring melodies of guqin music.
An unexpected mentor
In the serendipitous dance of fate, I encountered British artist Jane Dwight, whose mastery of Chinese brush painting ignited a transformative spark within me. Through our monthly 'Yaji' gatherings, I imbibed her wisdom while imparting my knowledge of calligraphy and Mandarin.
Refining My Craft
Determined to refine my skills, I undertook rigorous training under the tutelage of Mr. Fang Yan at the Qianzhu Academy, delving into the nuances of Song and Yuan dynasty painting styles, and tracing the lineage of Wei Jin dynasty portrait brick art.
As my proficiency blossomed, I embraced a fusion of ancient and contemporary styles, drawing inspiration from luminaries such as Dong Yuan, Wang Mian, and the modern virtuoso Fang Zhi Bin.
Sharing My Passion
Fuelled by the fire of my journey, I embarked on exhibiting my artwork, gracing local showcases like Lewes Art Wave and Artists Open House AOH. Through online workshops and live demonstrations, I impart the artistry of calligraphy and brush painting to eager learners.
Recognition & Affiliations
My dedication to Chinese artistry has earned me accolades, including a coveted BBC radio interview and commendation from the Society of Eastbourne Artists for my painting, "Dragonfly and His World."
Proudly affiliated with the Chinese Brush Painters Society and the esteemed London Youlan Qin Society, I actively champion the preservation and propagation of traditional Chinese arts.
The Essence of My Art
Informed by the profound philosophies of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, my art seeks to transcend chaos, offering glimpses of tranquility and unity. Through the delicate dance of Chinese characters and the graceful strokes of the brush, I aspire to kindle harmony and mindfulness.
Embark on a journey through my artwork on my website, where each piece narrates its own story, beckoning you to explore the depths of tradition and innovation. Your support is cherished, and your appreciation, a testament to the enduring spirit of artistry.
✨Thank you for reading! Jing ✨