When we look at the Chinese history, Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) certainly has its uniqueness. It does not only leave a deep mark on Chinese people, but also has a massive impact on art. Today we introduce you two amazing artists from this particular period of time: Wu Kang 吴康 and Liu Haihe 刘海和. Both Wu and Liu were painters who specialize on ceramics paintings, they worked at the Jingdezheng Ceramic Art Factory and their artworks had to serve the party
WuKang (1914-1991) was born in Anhui Province, China. Wu learnt from Deng Bizhao 邓必诏 when he was 13 and later developed a technique of painting on ceramics. For the first layer, he used only brown to draw the base sketch then coloured it for the second layer. Wu started his career painting or Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-shek) and Song Meiling prior to 1949. Later Wu also painted for leaders of the PRC. During the Cultural Revolution, Wu was persecuted for his past. To show his loyalty to Mao, Wu created 3 Ceramics paintings of Mao and other works to celebrate the Party. After the Cultural Revolution, most of his works were destroyed as they were considered as examples of "politically wrong".
Jingdezheng Cultural Revolution Porcelain Plate Signed by Wukang, Maklaiheung collection, available.
Liu Haihe (1927-) was born in Jingdezhen. He first studied art (porcelain and painting) when he was 13. Before the establishment of the PRC, he worked in the Second Porcelain Factory in Jingdezhen. In 1953, he started work in the Art Porcelain Factory in Jingdezhen and, late on, became an influential member of the Committee of the Union of Propaganda.
Jingdezhen Cultural Revolution Enamelled Porcelain Plate, Malkaiheung Collection, SOLD.