This photo was taken in a shop in Causeway Bay. It called LA MONTAGAN, that is mountain in English. Its size is about 170 X 80 cm and cost $230,000.
Actually, there is a significant difference between Chinese and Western painting. In Chinese paintings, painters usually use line, traditional brush stroke to portray. Also they would like to leave the background blank to represent daytime. For example, draw part of the mountain while the absent part implies that there is cloud around it. However, this oil painting is fully covered by paint. Blue sky and white cloud are drawn by paint. For the mountain ridges. Chinese paintings try to use dry brush to show the texture while Western use dark and light to show the three dimensions of mountain. Chinese paintings do not care about similar in appearance but the meaning of the drawings, which differ from Western. When Chinese painters draw landscape painting, they would like writing couplet to record their emotion or thoughts. But we never see this in Western paintings, just like this picture.
Actually, it is not a plain painting. It combines the paper cutting technique as well. All the flowers are cut from paper and then paste in the picture. Obviously, it is a Western paper cutting. For the color, Western primarily uses multi-colored (Chinese use red paper more often as they likely to cut for blessing while red color represents luck due to the Five Elements Theory.). As they believe in science, this enforces them obey the law of chromatic and realism. So we can see there are different darkness of leaves. Also, white paper for the petals, green paper for the leaves, as these are what we see in daily life. For the performance, just similar to the previous reason, Western would concern the perspective. The big flowers symbolize near perception while the small flowers mean they are far away from the painter. But for Chinese paper cutting, painters would not consider the sense of space but emphasize the spirit of painting.
This contemporary painting shows the transformation of paper cutting. We can see the cuttings combine with other material, that is paint, in order to create additional effect. This crossover can only be seen in contemporary art. I wonder the innovative ideas and meticulous handmade crafts contribute this expensively priced artwork.
No matter in Chinese and Western paintings or paper cuttings, there are distinctive features for us to distinguish them. To conclude, Chinese much more focus on spirit while Western reflects the realism.