|Email | Print | Share||Text Size|
Chinese TV hostess and film actress Ni Ping is staging her painting exhibition at Rongbaozhai, a shop founded in Beijing in 1672 that's celebrated for its collection of works by such established artists as Zhang Daqian and Qi Baishi. Ni's works are mostly traditional ink paintings that she says might seem out of place alongside the works of such creative giants.
The 53-year-old, who has hosted the annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala for 12 years and won best actress at the national film festival for all five of her movies, only started painting three years ago. She staged her first exhibition of 100 ink works at the Shenzhen Art Museum last year. Her ongoing show at Rongbaozhai, which ends March 9, displays 200 of her paintings finished in the last six months.
"My friends say, 'how dare you host an exhibition in Rongbaozhai'," Ni says, laughing.
"My works are technically nothing compared to the masters'. But they record my life and reflect my own simple and natural style and attitude toward life. The days I've lived have inspired me, which is why I made so many works so quickly."
Happiness is the main theme of her paintings. The subject matters are things she sees and imagines, such as red lanterns, flowers, birds, vegetables and cats.
Ni also takes inspiration from her childhood memories of growing up with her grandmother. She recalls the chicks scuttling around her grandmother's courtyard, the sea of sunflowers in her hometown of Qingdao, Shandong province, and meals her grandmother cooked for her.
"I've loved painting since I was a kid, even though I only started studying it three years ago," she says.
"I'd always scratch birds and roosters into the dirt with tree branches. I loved sketching in middle school."
Ni says she always thought about painting, even though she stopped doing it for 40 years. She believes in fate and accumulates emotions day by day, she says.
The TV hostess has known many famous painters but never ask them for advice.