Selected Works

Several years ago, Li Jian Hua began to draw a series called Shu Xiang Men Di. He used his brushes to illustrate his thoughts without digging deeper into what those images stood for. Furthermore, those images were simply put together without any elaboration. The most important thing to him was the inspiration from the paintings and how they illustrated the perfect combination of historical cultural background and civilized symbols.

For Li Jian Hua, it’s essential that the more and the deeper he interprets his creations, the better his audience can connect with them. There may be a possibility that his interpretation is still limited, however, he believes people’s wisdom is limitless. Each individual will understand his works differently, what they interpret and decipher will vary from one another according to their diverse backgrounds.

With these creations his intent is to lead the audience to his thoughts, which may not make any sense to them. Frankly, even he himself can’t remember his original point of view for this series, which still remains mysterious. In the painting or iconic symbols, antique furniture appears in various positions. The tables and chairs occupy the main part of the image, which strongly evokes their importance. This design, with its strong interruption, impresses people significantly. A couple possible interpretations of the antique furniture are that they represent the symbol of power, profession, social level and right of speech. Hua choses to use traditional liner, used in Chinese paintings, to solidify the furniture’s structure.

The books, brushes, inks and other items on the tables and chairs represent the thirst for knowledge of  the Ancient Chinese People who were well educated. These items also indicate the thirst for knowledge of people today and a deeper thinking of the current education system in China. The animals in the pictures, which consists of parrots, pigeons, pandas, golden fish and butterflies, are symbolic elements that make the image more vivid. They reinforce the visual impression. Those animals are in various acts, just as if they are talking with the antique furniture which is a symbol of history. It conveys what people are like in their lives: being an audience, going with the flow, confused, content, or disappointed. At the same time, it indicates the eagerness for peace and freedom that rises from a person deep inside.