Ren Shubin: China Folk Handicraft Artist
Ren Shubin, whose stage name is Ren Chen, and fast name is Shifangxuan, born in 1967. He began to follow his father and master at the Chinese folk painting and carving in which he is interested heart and soul. With his genius and enthusiasm, his works Heaven Earth and Person Singing at Dusk got the second prize of Sichuan Fair for Farmers Paintings and Bees in Autumn got the third prize of the National Fair for Farmers Paintings. And then continuing to learn from his father, he was absorbed in carving all kinds of birds and beasts as well as characters and flowers. His sand-check sculpture Insurgence in Ningdu which was from Liu Bojian Memorial was highly praised in 1987. Since 1991 he has begun to study Juque Ink-stone in Panzhihua, and he has created many excellent works with lots of eclogue sentiment from Bashan and Shushui (Sichuan Province), some of which have been sold in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Ren’s ink-stones is of primitive simplicity and elegance, just as beautiful pictures and poetries. He advocates the nature and imitates the old but not limits. He complies with the nature of the stones, and creates pieces and pieces national treasures. In June of 1994 his Guanyin and Rushing-to- Moon won the gold medal at the Fifth Asia and Pacific International Fair. In October of the same year , his Ancient Money and Jigong won the gold medal at the International Painting and Calligraphy Fair. In 1995 two of his Pine Crane Ink-stones were selected as national gifts for Japanese Mikado and President of South Korea by Chairman Qiaoshi of the National People’s Congress while visiting there. In October of 1995 , he was awarded title of “Chinese Folk Artist” by UNESCOE. In May of 1998 his Regression (of Hong Kong) Ink-stone got the first prize at The Capital Art Fair. In May of 2001 his History Notes got the gold medal at The Fouth China Folk Arts fair.
Now Ren Shubin is running his Xinyuan Art Ware Mill in Panzhihua City. In recent years Ren Shubin has completed many new works and he is playing more and more important role in such an art field.
Juque Ink-stone, Treasure of Study
Juque Inkstone gets its name from the birth place, located in Juque, a habitat of Yi Minority, Panzhihua Municipality by the side of the Jingsha River.
Its history dates back to Tang and Song Dynasty and its reputation went aboard in Ming and Qing Dynasty. In 1909, three ink stones were sent by Yunnan, China won medals at the Panama International Fair. With the development of Panzhihua since the 1980s, Juque Ink-stone has returned to its glory. In the recent 20 years, Juque Ink- Stone has not only been awarded at home and aboard several times, but also presented to the foreign leaders as the state gifts by the country leaders.
Juque Ink-stone is praised as “the rarity in the ink-stones” or “ the treasure of the study” for its unique quality and colorful stones. It is fine and smooth, wear-resisting, and good for writing brushes; China ink in it never rots and freezes in the cold weather; it feels like babies’ skin and knocks clear and melodious; its black color is like oil glittering.
Juque Ink-stone has gathered all the advantages of four famous ink-stones. The eyes of the stones are dazzling, crystal-clean and life-like; sparkles, brows are far richer than Duan Ink-stone (one of the most four famous ink-stones in China). In addition, yellow and green jade belts, ice lines, fire winds, fish brains, algaes, fossils, gold and silver threads are colorful and surprising.
The outstanding craftsmen from all the country come here to devote their lives to carving, resulting in poetic and elegant artistic works.