Fair and Clear II
© Yuan Jai
Yuan Jai’s painting career began to flourish while she worked as a conservator at Taipei's National Palace Museum, a post she held for more than thirty years. Different from most ink painters of her generation, Yuan creates playful and exuberant works, exploring the intersections between material culture, classical paintings, and daily experiences. In this painting, she transforms bundles of fabric and swirls of ribbon, which usually play supporting roles in Chinese figurative painting, into pink peonies, a traditional symbol of prosperity in Chinese visual culture.
Ink and colour on silk