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Combining Western and Eastern: Art by Yue Baoyu

A painting of a young woman posed in a manner similar to the Mona LisaJolee Smith Posed Like Mona Lisa, oil on canvas

Yue Baoyu was born in China and came to Canada in 2001, later receiving a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Yue works primarily as a figurative painter, drawing inspiration from classical and renaissance era painting styles, combining Western and Eastern art traditions.

A painting of a young man with the goddess Nike behind himMan with the Starry Nike Sky, oil on canvas

Yue’s portrait paintings exhibit incredible skill as well as in-depth knowledge of both Western and Eastern traditional painting styles. The subjects of the portraits are generally young, likely friends of the artist, and this alone gives the works an updated appearance, distinguishing them from studies as appropriations of a style. Each portrait also utilizes visual symbolism in a manner closely tied to traditional Chinese painting styles. Everything from the background colour to objects in the frame seems imbued with deep meaning.


A screen capture of the archive on Yue Baoyu's websiteBaoyu's online portfolio archive

The artist’s portfolio also includes an archive of older works, allowing the viewer to see studies, still-life work, sketches and other pieces. It’s interesting to have these on view as a reference to Yue’s skillful portraiture. 


A painting of a modern woman standing and looking to the sideChelsea Gauvin with A Look of Aspiration, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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