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One Man's Journey: The Paintings of Yan Sun

September 6 through October 28, 2007


One Man's Journey: The Paintings of Yan Sun is on display in the Education Gallery of the Canton Museum of Art September 6 through October 28, 2007. Yan Sun is an Associate Professor of Art and Director of Muskingum College's Louis Palmer Gallery. His oil, acrylic and water color paintings have been featured in many publications and have won numerous awards in international juried exhibitions. (right: Yan Sun, Ladder)

Yan Sun writes in his artist's statement that, "The reflecting of philosophical ideas about life, time, and space can be an ever-lasting theme of art. Chinese philosophy emphasizes the oneness of inner feeling and external observation. The coupling of reality and subjective feeling makes awareness and judgment possible."

He goes on to say that, "Chinese philosophy places emphases on finding the source inside the human mind. Artists steeped in Chinese philosophy must pay particular attention to the cultivation of mind in order to acquire this mental ability while engaging in art creation. Some artists work from mental visions and some find their inspiration in nature, while some artists try to fuse both mind and nature.

When describing his work, the artist suggests that, "although my paintings are two-dimensional, they are not representative of the three basic physical dimensions. That is why I prefer the black background. The black background functions as the changed psychic and dream space within which there is unlimited potential of happening. The elements that appear in that space do not necessarily occupy the same time frame or physical space."

About the artist

Yan Sun is Associate Professor of Art and the Gallery Director of Muskingum College, New Concord, OH. He received the M.F.A. degree in painting and drawing from Texas A&M University-Commerce, the M.A. degree of Art History from Xi'an University of Fine Arts, and the B.F.A. degree in painting and drawing from Northwest China Normal University.

An award-winning artist, Yan Sun has paintings exhibited in the following locations

Canton Art Museum, Canton, OH
Hayden Museum of American Art, Paris, TX
Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, Atlanta, GA
Museum of East Texas, Lufkin. TX
Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, IN
The Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
Museums ofAbilene, Abilene, TX
Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville, TX.
Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, OH
Malaysia Art Institute, Kuala Lumpier, Malaysia
National Art Museum, Beijing, China
Gansu Museum, Lanzhou, China
Touring Art Exhibition. Toledo, OH - Csongrad, Hungary - Szeged, Hungary - Lviv, Ukraine -
Toledo, Spain - Poznan, Poland - Tomsk, Russia - Toyohasi, Japan. Painting was published on newspapers, postcards, and T-shirts.
Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Spalding University, Louisville, KY
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
Texas A&M University - Commerce, TX
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
New Mexico State University, NM
Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, MO
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Minot State University, Minot, ND
Ohio University - Zanesville, Zanesville, OH
Schoharie County Arts Council, New York
Palm Desert, CA
The Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, TX
La Jolla Village Art Association, La Jolla, CA
Cincinnati Art Club, Cincinnati, OH
Quest Gallery, Taos, NM
The Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, TX
Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, OH
The Wichita Center for the Art, KS
Kettering Art Center, Kettering, OH
The Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts, New Philadelphia, OH
Muskingum County Community Foundation, Zanesville, OH
Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX
Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, TX
D-Art Visual Center, Dallas, TX

(above Yan Sun, Weeping Mona Lisa)


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