Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010)

Wu Guanzhong was born in the Jiangsu province of eastern China.  He studied initially at the National Academy of Art in Hangzhou under Lin Fengmian, a painter often called the ‘father of Chinese modernist’.  He moved to Paris in 1947 and returned to China in 1950.  At the start of the cultural revolution fearful of the Red Guards he destroyed many of his paintings and was banished to a remote countryside to perform manual labor.  In the 70’s he was allowed to return home and to paint again.  Known for his landscape paintings he is regarded as having been one of his country’s great modern artists.’

 Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Lorraine Izon

Lorraine Izon is a potter and an illustrator who studied ceramics in Melbourne, Australia and has been a studio potter for over twenty years.  Inspired by the local natural world her work currently focuses on uncomplicated bird forms decorated with intricate patterns and textures.  Her use of ceramic materials and decorating techniques may vary but her themes rarely do. Throughout the year she exhibits her ceramics in a variety of galleries and exhibitions.

The artist can be followed on her website.

Images:  Courtesy of Lorraine Izon.

Han Cao

Han Cao is a self-taught artist currently based in Southern California.  The fiber artist hand embroiders old photographs with brightly colored flowers and landscapes directly onto each black and white image.  All of her work is one-of-a-kind and can be purchased on her website.  In an article on This is Colossal she says this about her found items: 

There’s thousands upon thousands of vintage photos stuffed inside dusty boxes at these markets—long lost and forgotten by their families, so my work is an attempt to bring them back to life and renew their stories. I’m particularly drawn to images that offer a deeper story—photographs with haunting faces and figures, simple landscapes that can be magically transformed with added dimension and color.”

The fiber artist can be followed on her website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Han Cao.