Everlasting No. 2
Oil on canvas
105 x 105cm
The wind blows across the earth. "When the wind blows as it pleases, you hear the sound of the wind, but you don't know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with all who are born of the Holy Spirit." (John 3:8, NIV) I am situated in the scenery of heaven and earth, so I take a long look at them. The wind blows as it wills. Even though one hears the sound of the wind, one knows not where it is from nor where it is going. I draw repeatedly what I observe, and I worship and praise the God who made heaven and earth because “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)
Psychoanalyst Carl Jung (1875-1961) also acknowledged this vital spirit found in nature when he said, “Nature is not matter only. She is also spirit.” The grandeur of nature seen in Liang Jiang’s landscapes reflects the way nature seems to testify to a divine power that undergirds it, as his title Everlasting No. 2 suggests.
About the Artist
Born in 1978 in Yinxian County, Zhejiang Province, Liang Jiang received his doctorate in practice and theoretical research on painting in 2010 and currently teaches as an associate professor in the Department of Oil Painting at China Academy of Fine Arts. He also directs a New Representational Painting workshop there. His art won a silver medal at the 10th National Fine Arts Exhibition and an honorable mention at the 2nd Chinese Water-and-Mountain & Oil Landscape Art Exhibition.