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Artist's Reception
Thursday, May 11

Original paintings and giclée prints are available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Library.

Art Exhibit

Exquisite Blooms:
Chinese Brush Paintings

By Janny Xiaoqin Huang

May –August 2017

The Helen Crocker Russell Library is delighted to present Exquisite Blooms, a beautiful exhibition of original Chinese brush paintings by Janny Xiaoqin Huang.

About the Artist

A native of Nanjing, China, Janny Huang graduated from the Jiangsu Academy of Traditional Chinese Painting in 1982 and has been working in San Francisco as a professional painter and teacher since 1989. Huang is noted for her watercolor brushwork in figurative works, calligraphy, and in the traditional category of "bird and flower painting" (Huãniâo huà 花鳥畫), which also includes fish and insects.

When Huang moved to California with her four-year old daughter, Katy, she and her husband Joseph Yan, a graduate of the Academy of Art University, established the Joseph Fine Art School, now known as Joseph & Janny's Art Studio. Over 25 years they have taught art to hundreds of students of all ages while Huang has continued to paint.

Huang has exhibited her work both in California and internationally. Her paintings can be found in both private and public collections.

In order to gain new knowledge, you must study the old. So I spend much of every day immersed in the images, poetry, and calligraphy of centuries of practitioners of my art, but nature has always been my best teacher. Through the simple means of color and ink, I strive to capture the tranquility that nature offers us, to evoke a sense of effortlessness, peace and harmony with the natural world.— Janny Xiaoqin Huang


About the Exhibition

The exhibition Exquisite Blooms showcases 35 of Huang's recent works, including portraits of poppies, magnolias, peonies, and other flowers found in San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, and Filoli. Two works are designed for fans. Four calligraphic works celebrate peonies, magnolias, and plum and pear blossoms. Art in the exhibition is for sale. Additional unframed works will also be for sale.

Huang's recent artwork focuses primarily on subjects painted from nature. She pairs much of her work with calligraphed poems and sayings. She remains close to her university professor, the noted artist and calligrapher Xiao Ping, who has admired her for "creating elegant works in her own graceful and immaculate style. Her art expresses the beauty and joy of life and is worthy of celebration."

Chinese brush painting differs in many ways from Western watercolor practice. It stems from the love of Chinese calligraphy, which uses hand-ground black ink and specialized brushes used to obtain its distinctive effects. Colors include both translucent and opaque, mineral-based pigments. The painter mixes basic colors and white to achieve other desired colors, but ink contributes importantly. Ink is the root of the aesthetic. Media varies from the ultra-absorbent "rice" paper to prepared boards to silk. How colors are mixed and applied depends on the absorbency and preparation of the chosen paper or media.

General Exhibit Information

The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is recognized as one of the finest horticultural resources in the nation. Its 27,000-volume collection ranges from new gardening titles to antique herbals. The Library is open, free of charge, from 10am–4pm, every day except Tuesdays and major holidays.

Exhibitions of plant- and garden-related drawings, paintings, photographs, and educational displays run for four-month periods. The artwork in our exhibitions are available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Library. For more information, call (415) 661-1316 ext. 403.

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