邹蓝天（右）与美国国务卿希拉里 . 克灵顿（左）在白宫前合影
Lantian Zou,the United States female landscape painter and calligrapher,who styled herself as Lantian Chan.After she graduated form college,she as a Professor in Luohe University,and was transferred to the Henan Painting and Calligraphy from 2002 to 2006.Now she settles in New York City.She devoted herself to the eastern and western art theory and practice in her spare time after learning calligraphy and painting since she was just a little,and formed her own art style,she advocated that “Cleat the mind and heart to realize the Dao (the highest truth of the universe)” and “well prepared”,And she stressed that”Painting and calligraphy come from knowledge and culture,while realm from vision”.
The unique style of her painting has caused the great interest and close attention of the art,collecting and theory fields.She was the honorary president of the Kyushu Institute of Painting and Calligraphy,the director of the China Yanhuang Culture&Research Association, the advisor of the USA China Art Association,the vice president of the United States Queens’ New York Art Salon,global female painter,calligrapher Federation Secretary-General,and Global Artists’,the secretary general of the calligraphers’ Association,the committee of the Global Artists Union.Her works after win prizes in exhibition race at home and abroad,and was collected by the art museum and private persons.Her critiques,art activities were loaded into Cambridge,USA IBC International Who’s Who and domestic calligrapher Artits’ Dictionary.And she published Lantian Zou (Lantian Chan) Poems,classroom teaching artwork of Lantian Chan,Lantian Zou(Lantian Chan)calligraphy and paintings set etc.
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美国国务卿希拉里 . 可灵顿接见中国文化代表团
Very attractive calligraphy and painting-----the artistic creation of Lantian Zou
①Profound cultural heritage is inherited through the development of Chinese painting and calligraphy for centuries, which fully embodies the uniqueness, connotation and closeness of nature of Chinese culture.
②These are exactly what Lan Tianchan’s paintings and calligraphies are trying to express.
③Works are thematically arranged according to five different categories: First of which are her series of Taoism ideologists. Second are her works finished abroad which were used to express her spiritual gnosis by bits of graceful color lumps. Third are her works about love in rhetoric. It is true that the future of human beings will not be without love. Works in this category are mostly memories of her salad days. Part Four mainly consists of works from different stages of her live and different contents and styles, majority of those being an imitation of ancient landscape and animal paintings 30 years ago along with the postscripts written within the paintings. These works are enough to demonstrate the solid drawing skills as well as her aptitude in literature in her early days. The final part of the book is mainly a showcase presenting her calligraphy skills in different writing ways. You can find no affectation, anxiety or immaturity but a strong sense of scholar's style in these works. Reading between the lines of her works, perfect manifestation of great wisdom, inactivity, non-methodology, aesthetism are all reflected in her pursue of beauty in calligraphy.
①After all, art is created from the images to show the spirit of tolerance, self-cultivation, and the spiritaul state of people. Writing exactly shows the writer, and so does painting. The art reveals the painter's material and spiritual cultivation during the creation of painting and calligraphy and the grasp of the law of art. The more fully these capabilities and integrated cultivation show , the more perfect and features, higher artistic conception and more beauty the picture shows. The beauty of the calligraphy and painting is created from images, which complies with the laws,and the beauty is just the combination of the author's life consciousness, physical ability, the beauty of the spiritual cultivation.
②The beauty of calligraphy and paintings of the Lian Tianchan is not without source. When we walk into her studio, what leap into our eyes is the two-person tall rice paper lying in rows and shelfs of books standing in lines.All of these serve to show her devotion and dedication to calligraphy painting career for decates, not only in material way, but also in emotional way with effort and heart.
③What is at the heartstrings is the Taoist in her literature. Pan Tianshou said: " The perfection of art is the spiritual state" Lian Tianchan did it. Stopping in front of her painting, people can feel heaven, earth, day, moon, plenty of stars, and enormous universe of all things, which is subtle, broad and long-lasting and far-reaching.
When Appreciating the art of Lian Tianchan,viewers shoul have not only a high artistic and philosophical accomplishment, but also a quiet pure hearts.If we do so，we can realize and understand her spirit, and appreciate her hought.
④Lan tianchan is a true recluse who chooses to escape from the hustle and bustle of world and conceales her identity and understand and perform the eternal beauty in the world.
⑤And also she is the thinker and practitioners in traditional and subtle ink painting.From her work, we read of the Lan Tainchan discribing with love,progressing with practise,drawing with harmony, can read a sensible, refined and sophisticated , noble abd simple,and spirit-independent woman;,can read an amazing writer, strange thought and wonderful works, and can read thought-deep, serene, elegance, purity of him.
⑥As the saying goes: " one cannot sense the object without perception ,cannot be determined without mind, cannot make a choice without knowledge, cannot write without effort,and cannot seek a risk without courage." Perception, mind, knowledge, effort and courage, we believe, Chan completely possess.
⑦So, the art of calligraphy and painting of Lian Tianchan shows us the real state of true, good, beauty, wonder and in ink painting
⑧In this regard, the editor published in the book,which is benificial conduct,and I hope every reader can has his own thought, and get his specific gain.
Wang Yiqian Ding Anlin May 16, 2012
Literary talented, tireless pursuit.
①Artistic value lies in the difference. Differences give us unique enjoyment.
②As a painter, it is not so easy to be different from others. Well, it is more difficult not to repeat one. Turning the art history album, there are a large amount of artists who can create his own style and be innovative, however most of them cannot break the limit and be confined into the only one field. And the blue sky is able to keep changes in her works of the multiple systems. The changes arrange from form, style, and content. She does draw pictures which are all different. All these things would be impossible if she had no persistence, exploration, and the spirit of pursuing.
③Her painting is so wonderful; moreover her calligraphy is more awesome beyond imagination. Looking through her calligraphy, any kind is an enjoyment, including cursive, regular script, official script of Han Dynasty, seal character, inscription in bones etc. her works are in high taste, elegant and fresh.
④Today there are countless painters, and so are the paintings. However, the Chinese paintings focus on Poem calligraphy and painting India. So Poem calligraphy and painting India organic synthesis into picture essential constituent. Just image, if people draw pictures without handwriting and poetry, there will be nothing to appreciate. Painting can be less or more, so it can cover the flaws. But the calligraphy is very strict to extremity that is to say, if there is more or less, it will be a failure. Calligraphers all know this rule. Everybody cannot be a talent in Chinese brush writing, which need be practiced again and again. During the period, people will suffer great hardships. So the art achievements that the blue shy has got are not so easy. She is bound to torture the bitterness, such as hand ache and arm ache.
⑤I admire Blue sky, regarding to her calligraphic art, drawing art, talented literary, and the spirit of tireless pursuing.
⑥Believe Blue sky will ‘fly’ higher, further.
Mahlman(Harvard University, Boston)
Thanks God for letting me meet Lan Tianchan
①If people want me to mention the name of the ancient and modern painters all over the world, I can list the countless names. If people ask me the category of different art style, I can tell you the eastern, western art history. There are thousands of art styles but little can strike me at first sight. However upon seeing the work of Lan Tianchan, they suddenly let me palpitate with excitement like the torch current. In her pictures, the wise men, in groups of three or four, sing, appreciate the lotus at night, thread on snow under the plum, view the weather under rain or snow. So simple the several people is, so simple the white and black is, it makes me be fascinated. The traditional Chinese thought still appeal in modern times. Standing in front of her paintings, make people lingers and unwilling to leave.
②I meet Lan Tianchan at her art exhibition in Manhattan, New York. It is my honor to watch her masterpiece. Her paintings are just like herself, which is deep in thought and mild about human thought. It could be coincidence for me. Thanks God for the splendid meeting.
December 2, 2008
I really like the painting of blue sky
①After seeing the exhibition of the Taoist humanistic ideas of Lantian,I know her.I almost miss the exhibition in Tokyo because of some other things. I believe it will become my whole life’s regret if it were happened.
②It is enjoyable to appreciating the drawings of Lantian. In her drawing , several elegant immortals in white are in the forests, on the wilderness, on the sea, or in the air. Maybe they are four outstanding poets of early tang's on gathering, or Yang Zhou eight eccentric artists’ on meeting. It must be admired by all the scholars and I feel totally delightful after seeing her drawing.
③We can feel the refined flavor of scholars of the Tang and the Song’s dynasty from the painting of Lantian. You can find the extraordinay thoughts in her drawings.I can’t find any of the copys of her style in Chinese and foregion drawing history. How valuable and hard it is to have such exploring for an artist!
May 6, 2008
Work of soul, different from common
①Lan Tianjie(also called Lan Tianchan),whose ancestral home is Zou county, Shandong province, which was moved to Xuchang(the capital of Cao and Wei of Three Kingdoms) worked in Zheng Zhou when she had graduated, settled down in New York since the year of 1998. The beautiful girl studied hard when she was little. She has started drawing since her four or five years old, and adopted herself in traveling since her twelve, she had been to more than 100 countries after her 35 years old till now. Every time we met and talk, I felt as if to live my life again. I always stay up all the night thinking about her graceful expressions and outstanding opinions.
②Twenty years ago, Jie always talked to me the things about the ancient Greek such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Sakyamuni from ancient India, Jewish prophets from Israel and the classic works of Confucius ,Menci, Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, Hanfei, Guigu of China. Wisdom and pure mind contributes to her eruditely and extraordinary refined works. Some people said that she draws with her soul, and I agree with them. Are there any people who still treat arts by his heart and soul nowadays? Lan Tianjie is on her great age , and I believe in her that she will reach the peak of the arts in the end.
Seeing the pictures of blue sky
①Originality and big taste are the necessary standaards of judging the art level of a calligraphy.
②Art creation is a kind of ideological product. So if the artist has no thought, he cannot draw pictures with state, style and unique art form. And the blue sky’s painting all have very profound cultural connotation such as ‘Cutting XuanWei crack and understanding the profile mood’, ‘being satisfactory of clound and mountain’, ‘the reminder’, ‘the heart keeping’, ‘picture to appreciate lotus’, ‘sages coming and bringing philosiphical benefits’ etc. And the profound connotation includs form and words. Moreover, the blue sky`s painting of the "exotically amorous feelings series" extremely has the ages charming and it reads to feel a feast of eyes. The blue sky lives in the exotic country for many years, so we can easily see that she absorbed the strength of eastern and western painting. And after the trade-offs, she made them be union in one style. Stop in front of the painting of blue sky, feeling "iAs the wind by the relief is and I do not know the check, waving like they put on the isolated and fairy". That is the painting that the painting slavery in the world cannot compare with. So they let me sign the emotions and record.
①When I was young, my mom often told me that her father was great and good at writing painting and poetry. The village folks seeked him for help, and he was always willing to help. So he had a good popularity. Mother said that two of my three uncles studied abroad and enjoyed a rich family which held nearly three hundred hectares of land. Mother is good-looking and smart. She said that she could recite after my uncle read three times. Yes, now she can also recite the books uncle learnt during his childhood. But mother couldn't read, because my grandpa didn't let girls go out. Until the age of 18 my mother mattied my father. In the past people stressed a perfect match. My grandfather Zou jingshun was more capible than my maternal grandfather. Father was much richer than the family she was in before with the land of family and the facade room in the street. After the year of 1950 ,mother said that the family suddenly lost everything.
②Unfortunately ,my family was so poor that we did not know where our next meal comes. Mom said I was gaunt, even couldn`t had the voice of crying because there is no strength. Although I was vulnerable, my strength on Graffiti was endless. I remembered events early and often ran to uncle`s home watching him priaticing the calligraphy and painting when I was four or five years old. My uncle was a teacher who often taught me painting and calligraphy and sent me bush and pigment.
③When I was twelve years old, I came accidientally from my uncle into contact with the book present note and translation of Zhuangzi written by Chen guying. It was hard to understand, but the thought of Zhuangzi “ People who indulge in the material desire cannot talk with him” and cognition about his poverty in the mountain and timber ----“The people with lofty ideals are not afraid of life on poverty but what they are afraid is spiritual down” supported me and warmed my desolate heart. That summer holiday I sold the only most expensive property of our home, a seventy percent new bicycle. With the money I went to the west, and zhuangzi became the invisible wings in my heart. I went like him to "communicate alone with the sprite of heaven and earth".
④This west travel, I did not think of going with the path of "the jurney to the west of Xuanzang”, but But caused by temperament. I admired the Zhuangzhou`s will that gave ourselves some gorgeously heroic dream, let the life go out of the poverty, got rid of "useful" complex, and then became the kunpeng. Even if there were numerous difficulties and fangers in the sky, I would like to swim between the sky and earth, finishing another help to our short and poor life.
⑤We alternated the cars and foot during the way. No matter by car or hiking, I still drew some mountains, people and sceneries, one painting after another, swinging with my little incentive heart; Step by step, with little body I measured the eternally spiritual Mountain Hua road; Foot after foot, I measured the sense oxygen of birthplace of the Yangtze riverv BaYanKaLa mountain. I was personally on the sence and experienced the pleasure of Isolated on feather fairy!
①Sun and the moon went so fast, and it came to the year 1977. Deng xiaoping lead the China's reforming and opening and the university system was also transformed from the recommendation to the test. It was fortunate to be admitted to artistic academy and was distributed to teach in Luohe University. At that time, the foundation of the university Mr.Yang qingzhen held the position of president. He learnt and thought more and pragmatic enjoying a good popularity. In the school I often listened to his teachings. It was unforgettable that he talked about "Confucianism" giving me mission, teaching me self realization in social personality and practicing in body and that talked about "the doctrine of Daoism" awarding me the wings, teaching me improve myself in the natural personality and letting my heart roaming far away.
②Later, the year 1985, I was lucky enough to win the golden medal as the second in the national Shenlong championship. Then, I was transferred to a Calligraphy and Painting institution of Henan province and often listened to instruction of Mr. Chen Tianran, Mr. Li Zijiang together with the teaching of like-minded Mr. XieBingYi, Mr. Wang HongJian and Mr. Li Yunjing. In 1999, I studied at the ministry of culture heavy-colored painting seminar, educated by professor Jiang Caiping, Mr. Hu Mingzhe of central academy of fine arts and professor Ueno tailong of Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan and also many famous celebrity at home and abroad. During 2002-2006, I was concentrated on the study of the western art theory in the New York university (covering art criticism, art history and art philosophy).
③I had special interests in Poussin`s exploration about old fashion, new classical ideas of Winkelmann, idea of beauty by Plato and Aristotle, a painting regulations of Leonardo and Abdul, the contemporary art Diderot described, the German aesthetic philosophy from Kant and Hegel to Nietzsche and Heidegger, the encouragement of spiritual romance by Della Crowe watts and potter Lyle, the marxist artistic perception, the thought of Psychologist Freud and Lacan that explore artists from psychological aspect, even the modern neodoxy of art of Franca Stowe, Shapiro, Damisch, and Greenbergwas green etc.
④The ten years` western life not only let me be close to and enjoy the local conditions and customs of the exotic culture, but also made a lot of series of exotic scenery works.
⑤As the saying goes, In foreign country more than ever we thought of our dear relatives faraway. During that time, we're together much less than we're apart. Although it did not reach the degree of "west wind, ancient road, thin horse along with tears of someone at the edge of the world”, but my tears often fell at night. Due to constant affection silk, I drew a lot of works about love.
⑥In order to record my heart excitation journey, the painting of archaize landscape, people, animals and birds drawn when I was 20 yeas old were also recorded a small amount in my book. Next let me talk about calligraphy works. Referring to the calligraphy, people loved, was intoxicated with and madly clung to calligraphy in history can be found everywhere. The kings like Mao zedong, Qian Long, Emperor Huizong of Song, Empress Wu and Emperor Taizong of Tang etc. flowered big heart on practicing calligraphy. Li shi-mm`s hand was swollen and arm hurt caused by practicing penmanship. With all the work required to run a country, he still remembered Wang xizhi`s incredibly wonderful calligraphy and unexpectedly went all out to make the " biography theory" for him. Great writers and historians Ou Yangxiu called himself that "I myself love to do a lot things, but they all annoy me when I was old. The only deep joy is the book".
①However the calligraphy was hard, she was much more narrow when compared to the path of music and painting. Meanwhile, the calligraphy was also lucky because she showed the heaven and earth so vast between the black and white. I remembered the words of a western philosopher, if the world`s art was in the east, then the oriental art was in China and the Chinese art was the calligraphy；If ZhenShu is the crown, then the cursive script was the pearl in the crown! Indeed, the word using appearance to express phonetic significance before not only could oeffer the practical services, but also became the world`s unique features of China's special art in thousands years. This looked easy. In fact, the calligraphy is a kind of human art with abundant spirit connotation, high cultural grade and the most powerful charming. Therefore, for decades, no matter the moonlit night or extremely hot or cold weather, I never stop my hammering away at her and persistant pursuit on her because of love. Here I would like to thank my enlightening teacher Mr. Qi Gong. He said to me, practicing penmanship should start with Jin word, then involved in other scripts. Several decades, I was invovled in oracle bone inscriptions, Bronze inscription, large seal script, small seal script, clerical script, bamboo slips, wei rubbings, zhang cao, Tangkai, unconstrained and many other parts. While I especially loved the beautiful struction and the i elegant style of Zhangcao.
②Well, life is limited and time is short. Dozens of springs and autumns, although I was graduated from beautiful courtyard like an ascetic and entered the painting academy for government taking part in the exhibition, book fair and winning many prizes in foreign office. I was also interviewed by several news media. The tricks has down……! Finally, I chose the USA, settled in New York and wait becoming old slowly. The life like dream, temporary!!!!!
③Here, I would like to show my special thanks to: henan art press, to: managers, Mr. Zhang Yuyang and Mr.Zou Zhenghong who offered the fundings for the book, to: all the ladies and gentel men around the world who bought my works and the institutions, exhibition hall, museum and club house, to: my teachers predecessors, counterparts and schoolmates who fostered, influenced and helped me together with my students, to: my parents, brother, elder sister, my son and daughter-in-law who made efforts for me, to: all of my family, my friends... !
④Blue sky He zhang
Taste the blue sky
①I have known sister blue sky for two years and met several times as bosom friend, just like God deliver!
②Thanks to her great kindness, I come all the way here just to visit the old residence and enjoy her works, I greatly fear to her entrust impressions. Although my knowledge is shallow, the elder sister works give me unforgettable shock. what kind of feeling is it?
③It is the catharsis of minds, the release of spirit and the beyond of the world.
④Living in a busy street, I am free and unfettered between the heaven and earth. Sister is as holy as her name, separating from the world, living between sea and cloud, staying with my people smile, the gracious ambition is unforgettable!
⑤Like one after another Xun musics, works series are wide and ancient, unconsciously make viewers across the space and time and then back to that distant times,you can forget bother things and travel between boundless! In the cycle of the universe, alone and the spirit of the heaven and earth with! Between the cliffs, you can taste the poems and talk about the Dao , I have no face but the whole is my heart!
⑥I travel around the blue sky by myself through smiling and seeing the prosperious things! Daughers sensation and husband’s spirit! Living in all the peak places, long is in my heart!
⑦Sometimes traveling around by heart, sometimes say more by feelings, words are the path of the heart and reproduction of the spirit. The exquisite can be seen in the bold and unconstrained place, the wondering heart can be overflown from the top of the pen.I like the verve, the spirit, the mettle and the heart of the elder sister! Chuang tzu said“traveling the world in your kenotic attitude , who can harm you? Living in the world life, you should exclud the fame and fortune, just to travel the world , isn`t it happy? Viewing the great works of sister blue sky, as if I am outside of the world, there in no distracting and annoying, just for the cheerful spirit!
⑧Throughout her great works, it is very precise and penetrating from past to present, from tradition to modern, from ink to color piece and from painting to calligraphy, you can visible the efforts with several years great concentration, the grand ambition is very touching!
⑨“To people without himself, the God without the fame and the Saint without anonimity.” Sister blue sky travels around the world, not for fame and fortune but for researching on the blue sky with great concentration. How honorable and regrettable!
——Yang Jilei written in Zhengzhou cit On June 28, 2012
The Return of human nature
I have known Lantian,who is versatile calligrapher,for over 20 years and witnessed the development process of her life.When she was young,her works is full of passion,which has the mighty river flows eastward and irresistible emotion between the towering lines.Entanglement and between the conflict are full of artistic inspiration between the lines and ink.Then it was at that time that she pursue the life of passion and heroic art.
As time goes by,her works has changed fundamentally in recent years.Especially after her going abroad,the life abroad has expanded her horizon and opened her mind,which made her be able to sand at the height of world to observe and think about the world.
The shock of the Western art the connotation of oriental art make her realize the essence of art gradually,and thus a profound reflection on Oriental culture and philosophy,her work is full of the cognition of Oriental heaven,earth and human,which results in the return of nature.
These pursuits reflected among these new works,The concept of Western art,the influence of modern art and the shock of postmodern art in these works had been demonstrated.So her works has both the western form and return of the Asians on the pastoral life,both the ever-changing nature and the expression of her personal reflection on Eastern philosophy and both the Buddhist philosophy of Zen and a questioning of the Chinese people on the Taoism.
So her works is the portrayal of her mind and the metamorphosis of her spirit in the universe for so many years.In recent years,her calligraphy works is uninhibited and also has some new pursuit,Her works turns from complicated to simple,from plentiful to little,from passionate to calm,from bold to the natural.This is what she have realized because of her life experiences of many years,now her works are subtle ,reserved and resistant to read.We look forward to the advent of her more and newer works,and expect ht road of her art go further and longer.
Generous,unaffected without carving
In the mid-1980s,Lantian lady official participated in the foundation of Painting and Calligraphy Institute of Henan Province,when I still worked in Calligraphy Association of the Plains calligraphy circles by her outstanding and independent style.The creation of Lantian has been in such a state where it is filled with power and hearty.
When I was transferred to the Painting and Calligraphy Institute of Henan Province,Lantian had traveled across oceans and developed in the Pacific Rim.Later,the development of Henan Calligraphy sprang up,but people always sighed with regret because a female general had gone.”God helps bitter heart”.In recent years,the lantian finally announced her achievements of study abroad ;her painting,poetry and calligraphy,this progress is the regression to the tradition.
Her calligraphy is less publicized than before,but more restrained.Fine brushwork contains the charming of female calligraphy .This can t be acquire not only by coping copybooks,but though the grind of training and cultivation of sentiment.I have been abroad many times,I often have feeling.People who go abroad are more patriotic than those at home.It has a great relationship with the soul of China.Blue her painting and calligraphy.
Though Lantian stays in a foreign country,she obtains the information that is not less than that at home,even sometimes more,because of the convenience of technology and communication,For example,in the Metropolitan Art Museum of New York,only Chinese calligraphy and literature are very plentiful.As a Chinese calligraphy,will you be impressed by these exhibits?Maybe It will be increasingly shocking your heart and touch your nerves of art.These nourishments will not be less than that at home.Living in a foreign country,she will cherish Chinese traditional culture more ,presumably.In fact,she also makes it.