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Folk artist paints “Mogao Grottoes”, reproducing Dunhuang grotto murals on Yellow River rare stones


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In Lanzhou, Gansu Province, locals favor seeking rare stones along the Yellow River as collections. This elegant habit attracts some folk artists who are interested in art creation to follow, with Chen Juzheng one of them.

Chen Juzheng, the folk artist in Gansu, paints on stones by copying the Dunhuang grotto murals and creating something new by utilizing tactfully the color, shape and texture of those Yellow River rare stones. His work involves Nine-colored Deer, Reclining Buddha and Budhisattva and “reproduces” the murals of Grotto 57 and Grotto 148 etc. of Mogao Grottoes on the stones.

At leisure time, Chen Juzheng likes to take walks along the Yellow River and pick those naturally formed “treasures”. He conceives and paints according to the shape and texture of stones after he cleans those rare stones one by one. Then a plain stone will turn into an enjoyable piece of art with the colors and paintings on it.

Not all rare stones of the Yellow River are suitable to be painted with the theme of Mogao Grottoes, for it depends on if its shape, size and texture match the theme. It is rather rare of Yellow River stones with special shapes and it is more so when the stones can match the figures of Buddha of Mogao Grottoes. He picked a piece of rare stone with Dunhuang Sleeping Buddha painted on it and said, “The lines of this stone is beautiful. I painted colors to match its lines, shape and size to create a complete Dunhuang Sleeping Buddha.”

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