Feng Changjiang merges several Western and Chinese influences in his paintings, inspired by ancient frescoes forming the foundation of Changjiang’s artistic style. Having spent a lot of time in temple, tombs and mausoleums for research, Changjiang quotes, "To me, frescos are fascinating. Western art theory, which I learned at the early age, made me realise the importance of light and colour. The fickle lines of the Chinese style, however, are symphonic and inflectional."
Feng Changjiang was born in the ancient cultural city of Xian but originally resided in Hua County, Henan Province. He had an interest in art from a young age and is a self-taught artist. After initially learning Western painting and Chinese ink-and-wash painting, he specialises in traditional meticulous brushwork paintings. His inspiration for the brushwork came from the famous art historian and painter Pan Xie-Zi, who he began to study with in 1974. Feng also learnt about the replication of ancient frescoes from Pan Xie-Zi and was able to apply these skills during the time he spent at a number of temples, tombs and sites such as Yong-le Palace (Rui city), Qing-long Temple (Jie-shan County), Fan-zhi Rock, Kai-hua Temple (Gao-ping), and Lou-rui Tomb (Tai-yuan). This work benefitted Feng’s artistic development and provided a solid foundation for his artistic style.
Feng specialises in portraits, but has been known to produce quality works in other genres, such as landscapes, as well as being very skilled in painting large scenes. His portraits are usually female and the characters displayed are elegant and graceful and full of oriental charm. His works reflect a unique style which is very modern due to the execution his works place on integrating colours with the traditional use of lines.
His debut work, “Dance of Red Silk”, was first successfully exhibited at the Chinese Art Museum as well as being featured in a number of art magazines. His following works included a number of heavy-colour fine brushwork paintings which produced high acclaim both at home in China and overseas.
Feng relocated to the US in 1997 and held his first exhibition at the Eastern Gallery in New York’s China Town. After a number of additional exhibitions in the US his work began to gather high acclaim from collectors within the US. After winning a number of awards in the 1980’s, in 2008 he was selected as one of the top 300 most outstanding artist in the last 200 years by a list of the US’ top art critics. He was one of only 5 Chinese artists to feature in the list. Feng is also a member of the Chinese Artists Association and the Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Association.