Recently, the painting academy who advocates "Over the Sea Painting Style", namely Shanghai Over the Sea Ink Painting Academy, exhibited more than 20 pieces of Yunhe terrace by Gao Xiaomin, a 70-year-old painter of Shanghai style, who spent more than two years creating these artworks. It attracted the attention of many famous painters of Shanghai style and at the same time, Gao Xiaomin published thousands of copies of 2018 "Colourful Yunhe" calendar, which were looted by the citizens visiting the exhibition.
Gao Xiaomin is a private student of Mr. Lin Ximing, who is titled as "the most famous painter’, as a representative of the most important painting style, ‘Over the Sea Paiting Style’ since modern China. His art achievement was recognized in the industry and in 2007, the Wenzhou Government established Lin Ximing Art Museumn in Yandang Mountain to scenic area, to reward his artistic achievements. Lin Ximing had seen the terrace ink work that Xiaomin took 2 years to create, and was encouraged by his new artistic choice.
Known as the most beautiful Chinese terrace and the single turnover of the terrace scenic spot l has reached 10 million yuan last year. It is also in the last year that Yunhe terrace began to establish the Global Terrace Protection and Development Association and The first Chinese (Yunhe) Terrance Economy Summit Symposium, together with the both domestic and oversea terraces. In order to enable Yunhe terrace to go further in the name of art and find the way to come over all the difficulties, it issued invitations to the artists at home and abroad for sketch in Yunhe terrace and build a world-class terrace art school. With the investment of hundreds of millions of yuan by Yunhe Tourism Committee, the site of the Sketch and Photograph Base has completed the site selection and entered the construction stage. Famous domestic artists, including Gao Xiaomin, came here for the invitation.
Gao Xiaomin says, it is because he discovered global bench terrace art as a blank and unformed field of art at present that he decided to make art creations of this theme, with his strong pursuit of art. Since last spring, Gao Xiaomin started to be a practitioner of bench terrace art with one completed Yunhe bench terrace ink painting every month. On the January page in Gao’s desk calendar, his painting Freezing Winter, Warm Village is demonstrated; it presents Yunhe bench terrace covered by mist and snow, and also the specially mixed warm color in the bushes beside the balks to the village. He says, the painting creates a contrast between the freezing weather and the warm households; if the work has not reached the imagined effect, he may have to experience the scene again in person, or to ponder on the freeze frame, and then paint the imagined Yunhe bench terrace again on the rice paper. For thousands of years, residents around Yunhe bench terrace cultivated the land for their livelihood, without even imagined the bench terrace miracle they have created today. Gao thinks he wants to express too much in his bench terrace paintings; bench terrace is a rich land for art creations, which is worth his painstaking efforts in his every work.
For 2 years, with his devotion in every painting, Gao won the acknowledgement of the market together with his 20 art works. Some people offered over ten thousand yuan to buy his one of his bench terrace ink painting with 45 pingchi, yet he refused the offer. He says, the bench terrace art cannot be measured by the money; his love towards bench terrace art makes him keep every of his works, and makes him determined to continue his path on bench terrace art school; he expresses that he will bring more ‘painters of the Shanghai Style’ to participate in the co-construction of global bench terrace art school. (Yunhe County Government Office)