Li Jin 李津 (b. 1958)
Li Jin’s idiosyncratic painting manner is founded in superlative brushwork, and based in a key tenet of Chinese painting: in rendering a subject, such as a dish of food or quirky figure, accuracy depends on close observation and understanding, not a direct copying of the subject’s outer likeness.
"The highest quality of Chinese ink painting requires a natural quality, a personal feeling. And the ability to transpose oneself into the painting. A sense of logic that is not visible to others. I feel that this is the highest achievement."
"The most liberating aspect of ink painting is the concept of extraction. There is the suggestion of the image, what we call realism. The feeling is like real. But when it comes time to paint each dish, to have the feeling of likeness is not enough."