September 9, 2010 8:39 AM   Subscribe

Wow...East meets Joel-Peter Witkin, sort of.
posted by rmmcclay at 9:02 AM on September 9, 2010

Q: Why do you take the time to hand paint photos instead of printing them in color?

Once I bought lots of old pictures from the 18th century, which were all hand painting on black and white photos. The colors of the works moved me deeply. These colors are quite subjective, not the real color recording the objective world. The manner of hand painting is able to put my emotion into the work, which couldn’t be done by color photography. Later, although I rarely use hand painting by brush, I still do the same work on computer by software. Sometimes I even took digital pictures in black and white: all the colors were rendered in computer.

Wow. I knew the images were modified in some way, but individually colored? Fantastic stuff.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:12 AM on September 9, 2010

Wow...East meets Joel-Peter Witkin, sort of.

With a little Walter Wick thrown in?
posted by dlugoczaj at 10:03 AM on September 9, 2010

Neat stuff, thanks.
posted by Gator at 11:06 AM on September 9, 2010

I liked this very much. An interesting note: the artist's Chinese name 马良 is also that of an ancient painter whose magical brush can bring everything he draws to life, according to legends.
posted by of strange foe at 11:27 AM on September 9, 2010

Maleonn is a friend of mine, and repped in North America by a client gallery, Craig Scott - more work (160 images) can be seen here. I wish I'd had the money to buy some of his work at his first show back three or four years ago - prices have definitely increased since then.
posted by fellorwaspushed at 9:20 AM on September 10, 2010

eerie and stunning
posted by akaru at 5:11 PM on September 14, 2010

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