Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Inside painting master

Master Wang Xi San, learnt the art of inside painting at a young age from traditional masters. Because of his hard work and diligence, he mastered the technique of inside painting. He even developed his own style of inside painting and started a school to train those interested in inside painting. He had followers of over forty thousand who practice his style of inside painting.

Inside painting using Chinese medium
While demonstrating this art form to an audience in the US, he was asked to do a portrait of Jesus from a client. When he applied the traditional Chinese ink on the bottle, the result was not good. Then he realized that he could use western medium such as oil to completed the job. He then completed the portrait of Jesus using oil medium. The next day he found that the oil on the bottle would not dry up and the whole thing became very messy. After experimenting with many additives and using tradition rice paper (a medium for Chinese ink painting) to soak up the oil, he was able to apply oil medium in his inside painting and produce excellent results. The client was overwhelmed when he saw the finished work.

Because of this achievement, he was asked to do a portrait for President Reagan when he visited China. He then painted the portrait of the President in a snuff bottle using western oil medium..

President in appreciation of this gift of snuff bottle

Whit this success he began painting the portrait of all the Presidents of the United states of America in snuff bottles.

Once the wife of the ambassador requested to borrow this set of snuff bottles and display them in their house when she and and her husband held a party to entertain guests. Although he does not keep a lot of his work, but he would never sell this set of snuff bottles of the US Presidents. Currently the snuff bottles are on display in his private museum.

Now Master Wang's painted snuff bottles are sought after by collectors all over the world. It would be great if you have a chance to own some of his works.

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