2019 Featured Artist
Celebration of Summer
by JJ Jiang
JJ's childhood was spent in China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). During that era of madness, drawing, writing, and reading poetry kept him safe and sane, and shielded him from the chaotic world outside. Drawing and painting have become inseparable parts of JJ's life. They came to him naturally (and early) and have helped shape his view of the world and himself to a large degree.
As a fine artist, JJ draws his inspiration from both his eastern and western cultural roots, as well as his inquisitive mind and inner poetry. He excels in drawing, watercolor, and oil painting, while exploring subjects such as still life, landscape/cityscape, portrait and figure, Chinese calligraphy, and brush painting. His work has been widely exhibited, collected, and has won many awards.
JJ currently lives in Cary, NC and is the founder and director of the Village Art Circle Fine Art Gallery in the heart of Downtown Cary. His unique art journey was written and published in January 2015 issue of Our State Magazine.
In front of Cary Town Hall campus there is a group of bronze statues of happy children installed on the sidewalk. For years, these statues have been situated there, faithfully greeting people passing by. They have become a symbol of Downtown Cary's spirit in some way. Since the annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival takes place on the same grounds where the statues are situated, it is natural and fitting to integrate those iconic artworks into the design. Instead of directly borrowing those bronze statues, I incorporate them within the scene of a hot summer, and let the sun turn them into bright and lively rainbow-colored figures.