Works by “Beiqijia” (Seven Northern Artists)

Works by “Beiqijia” (Seven Northern Artists)

 

Works by “Beiqijia” (Seven Northern Artists)

Dates: July 22, 2014—August 20, 2014

Location: east and west side halls of Jiale Hall, and the covered corridor of Back Screen Buildings

 

The Origin of “Beiqijia”

 

In the southeast of Changping District, Beijing, there is a place named “Beiqijia”. It was first established as a township in 1956 and its position changed many times afterwards. In October 1999, it was recognized by the State Commission for Restructuring the Economic Systems as a pilot township in the National Program on the Development of Small Townships. As for the “Beiqijia” artists in this exhibition, they are, in order of seniority in age, Li Xiaoming, Liu Gang, Li Xiaojun, Ma Shuoshan, Li Xiaozhu, Wei Guangjun, and Li Xiaosong. In the beginning of 2012, I had the honor to discuss arts with them in an artists’ gathering. I felt that despite the different styles, their works share the same vitality and grandeur of the Northern Song school. The seven artists, all in their prime, are pillars of today’s Chinese painting circle. As natives of Beijing and other Northern provinces such as Hebei, Shandong, and Henan, they are particularly congenial in temperament. Therefore, they got together and became close friends, collectively known as “Beiqijia” (Seven Northern Artists). It is quite interesting that a place and a group of people share the same name. Now the seven artists gathered in Prince Kung’s Mansion to hold a joint exhibition, which is really a satisfaction in their lives.

 

Li Xiaoming