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Delicately Composed: Painting by Pang Jiun

A painting of a setting on a Chinese riverGuilin Scenery, oil on canvas

Pang Jiun is a Taiwanese painter whose works take a contemporary approach to traditional Chinese painting styles and subject matter. Jiun’s works are delicately composed and tend toward very desaturated color schemes.

A painting of misty mountains surrounding a riverMisty Mountains, oil on canvas


I love the sense of calm in most of Jiun’s works – natural landscapes and architecture feature prominently, but the images are devoid of human figures that might offer the viewer a clue at the place and time. The images are calm but not fully pastoral, and many of them offer moods of meditation, stoicism, even loneliness.


The way Jiun uses color over the entirety of his body of work is also notable – in some works, saturated warm hues – reds and oranges – take hold of the entire canvas, creating a bright and exciting tone. In the other, subdued works, occasional pops of pastel pink and green appear, but are never out of place or overwhelming. Though the medium differs, the style of the work reminds me somewhat of Wa Truong's paintings.

A painting of two orange fish on a plateDouble Fishes, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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