05-24-2008 14:36

Special Report:   Strong quake jolts SW China

Chinese artists have been inspired by the tenacity and unity of their people in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake. Some have returned from overseas to jointly produce a large oil painting.

The title of this painting is "Warm Blood in May". It is a concerted effort by 30 established artists in the contemporary Chinese art scene. 
The title of this painting is "Warm Blood in May". It is 
a concerted effort by 30 established artists in the 
contemporary Chinese art scene.

The title of this painting is "Warm Blood in May". It is a concerted effort by 30 established artists in the contemporary Chinese art scene.

The painting was divided into nine sections and each group chose a news picture as their initial inspiration.

This is the beginning of the painting. It depicts the panic-stricken crowds after the quake hit.

This is the main body. It shows the spark of new hope after the rescue and relief work began.

The end of the painting portrays the rebuilding process of a new homeland.

Li Guijun, painter, said, "This catastrophic disaster has stimulated the most beautiful things in human nature. It is all worth our great admiration."

Artist Ai Xuan was inspired by a true story. A mother used her own body to shield and ensure the safety of her child. She left a last message on her mobile phone, "Mom loves you forever".

Ai Xuan said, "I turned on the TV back home. I saw a police officer holding an infant. It's just this story. I noticed that the infant really looked like my daughter. So I found a picture of my daughter and began to paint."

Wang Yidong, painter, said, "I composed my painting in a triangle frame. It depicts a contradiction of power between the helpless lives and great strength of the army."

The special painting will be auctioned off in Beijing on Monday. All the proceeds will be donated to the quake areas.


Editor:Du Xiaodan