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Jia Lu Figurative Art

Updated on June 25, 2014

Artist Jia Lu, Figurative Art

Spiritual art, is how I define the work of Jia Lu, she moves me. I read an article about Jia Lu in Art News the other day, her direction is in Buddhist art, it inspires her. I am indeed inspired by Jia Lu. Born in China, her roots have made an impression on her and you can see that in her art. I purchased a book a few years ago about Jia Lu and her art. Her history is as fascinating as her work. She is a survivor and one to look up to in my opinion. Her life also tells us to pursue our goals and never (tire from the road we travel.

I have poured through this book I mention so many times. Her work inspires me because it does not shy from feeling things passionately. Both soft and sexually suggestive in many ways, it has a certain pureness about it. Her use of color cause each painting to convey the drama that the artist intended. Jia Lu is one of my favorite living artists because of all of these things combined in figurative art.

Born in China and growing up during the Cultural Revolution, Jia Lu worked as an operating room nurse, a naval officer, a semi-professional basketball player, a film projectionist, a television and film actress, an assistant director, and the art editor of a magazine, all before enrolling in the Central Academy of Art and Design to begin her professional training as an artist. She has traveled to most parts of China and throughout North America and Europe.

The art and life of Chinese-born realist painter Jia Lu. Discover beauty, elegance and wisdom in these highly detailed, evocative paintings.

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TURN ON THE MUSIC as you enjoy learning about JIA LU

"Billowing Veil" by Jia Lu

"Billowing Veil" by Jia Lu
"Billowing Veil" by Jia Lu

Jia Lu Quote

“I think visual artists must pay attention to other fields,” says Lu, “for me the challenge is to create beauty, to better persuade my viewers to look again at their life and the world around them.” Speaking in English, she becomes more direct. “I have a passion for art, and the human figure is at the center of it. I want to share that passion with my viewers, through my painting.”

Jia Lu

Jia Lu’s work may be found in public and corporate collections including the Government of Canada, the State Council of the P.R.C., the Bank of China, Boeing Corporation and the George Soros-Chatterjee Foundation, and in private collections around the world. Ms. Lu now lives and paints in Los Angeles.

Art in Zen and the Zen of Art by Janet Grace Riehl

Zen is a term that is bandied around in common language with great freedom. Here, a Zen practitioner and artist, Eden Maxwell, author of "An Artist Empowered" tells us how these realms interconnect.

Janet: What does Zen Buddhism have to do with art?

Eden: The source of all great art is intuition; I say this because spontaneity, creation, cannot be planned. Planned art is design, and that's another subject.

Janet: What about the art in Zen Buddhist tradition?

Eden: In Zen Buddhism, the fundamental concept is to intuitively grasp the truth; there are no lengthy discourses, and no reasoning for a logical answer.

Those who practice Zen reject the phantom world; you are capable of perceiving the world directly; this is power; this is the gift each true artist paints, writes, dances--name your form.

Nothing is more profound than direct personal experience of a thing, which is the point of both Zen and art.

Janet: What is art in the Buddhist context?

Eden: Art as self-expression is a modern concept that began with the Renaissance some 500 years ago. Art in the Buddhist tradition is not about self-expression, as everything is connected.

Remember, Buddha, who predated as well as inspired Zen, saw no separation in reality; in this philosophy, there is no you; there is no me. Taking the concept further, certain Buddhist artists wouldn't sign their works, for doing so would be an act of ego, which Buddhist philosophy teaches causes suffering.

Traditional Buddhist art portrays the cosmology of this philosophy. Then, there are artists who call themselves Buddhists and create a personal art. We must be careful about what we understand and what others claim to understand, as these understandings might be quite different--even though they seem to be living under the same philosophical roof.

Janet: Are there correspondences between Zen Buddhist art and Modern Art?

Janet: In Zen Buddhist art, as in a Zen rock garden for example, we find an essence or simplicity that you might call Minimalism, where less is more.

Visit Janet Grace Riehl's blog "Riehl Life: Village Wisdom for the 21st Century" at for more thoughts and information about making connections through the arts, across cultures, generations, and within the family. You can also read sample poems and other background information from "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary" on Janet's website.

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The image is "Transformation" by Jia Lu


"Soaring" by Jia Lu

"Soaring" by Jia Lu
"Soaring" by Jia Lu

Jia Lu Art Close Up

Jia Lu Artwork

Sigrid - Viking Warrior Woman and Me - A Story of Convictions and Beliefs

A Poem by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Twas once a Viking woman

Scandinavian decent

her heritage

her constitution

rolled easily from her tongue.

Words of battle

a feminist approach

Sigrid was a female warrior

of her own persuasion.

Strong in her convictions

she would not be conquered

nor would she ever relent.

Victory was hers.

Twas the stance

of this magnificent goddess

of snowbound Norsemen

traveling over seas in longships.

She did not knit stockings

nor sweaters

from strands of her hair


this warrior woman fought in the battles

of the heart.

Ahh yes

twas a goddess

a Viking woman

who felt her roots

understood the purpose

of her journey

and her passions firmly meant to be.

She would not change her mind

declare another's commitment

no matter a Kings threat.

She marched on

because she wanted to.

She stood on principles of her heritage.

To Olaf

Swedish king

she rebelled.

"No, your thoughts are not mine.


I will overthrow you".

And so she did.

Twas there within her quiver

there in my heart

she left me a note.

She did describe my life

and gave me then

the arrows to set on my own target.

I contemplated that journey

through freezing cold

and setting sun that turned the snow to rain

and left a shade tree

for a vision understood later.

Sitting by the fire

Sigrid met with me

and then she spoke,

"I am a Viking

male nor female do not apply

I am the fire from a dragons tongue

melting the snow before me

I have a right to my beliefs

no one shall direct me

nor should they you."

Viking Warrior

your annual conquests illuminate

past chances to steal a conviction away

I stand with you

and I am freed.

In dreams

I am a fantasy art warrior woman

landscapes lie before me

still life portraits

commission me to stand in awe

and oh... I do.

It is within my longing

that I succumb to my 'own' visions.

It is me

and it is a gift of the example of Sigrid

strong Viking woman

and thus a warrior

becomes me.

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz:

The IMAGE is of my sculpture, "Bleeding Wings 5"


"Soaring" detail by Jia Lu

"Soaring" detail by Jia Lu
"Soaring" detail by Jia Lu

"Soaring" ~art in progress by Jia Lu

"Soaring" ~art in progress by Jia Lu
"Soaring" ~art in progress by Jia Lu

Yungchen Lhamo Music

Art in Buddhism by Rizwan R Khan

Buddhist art flourished during the 2nd century BCE when sculpture became clearer and depicted the whole life of Gautum Buddha and his teachings in the form of sculptural episodes. It took form of friezes in relation to the decoration of stupas. In India from where the Buddhism actually started, Buddha was never shown in human form but through his symbols. The reluctance in showing Buddha in human form was due to many of his sayings which are mentioned in "Dighanikaya" that discouraged showing himself in human form after his demise.

The human representation of Buddha started in 1st century CE in Northern India. The two main centers of creation have been identified in "Gandhara" in today's North Western Frontier Province of Pakistan and "Mathura" region of central northern India. The Gandhara art emerged due to the centuries of influence from the Greeks since the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BCE. The influence of Greek sculpture is widely seen in the Gandharan Buddist sculpture. The contribution of Gandharan sculpture added wavy hair, drapery covering shoulders, sandals and shoes, acanthus leaf decorations etc. Where as strong Indian traditions can widely be seen in the Mathuran art which are exemplified by the representation of Buddha in human form with divinities like Yaksas. Mathuran art also added clothes covering left shoulder, the wheel on the palm, the lotus seat, etc.

Buddhist art continued to develop in India for a few more centuries and the Mathura sculpture of pink sandstone evolved during Gupta period (4th to 6th century) and reached to a very high fineness and delicacy. By the 10th century the its creations were dying in India due to the rapid progression of Hinduism and Islam but the Buddhist art flourished outside Indian subcontinent during its expansion in 1st century CE. Its artistic nature blended with other artistic sculpture of the countries which adopted the faith. Buddhist art prevailed in the form of "Mahayana" Buddhism towards the northern route to Central Asia, Tibet, Bhutan, China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Whereas "Theravada" Buddhism prevailed on the southern route to Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.

In 1st century CE the transmission of Buddhist art was done to Central Asia, China and finally to Korea and Japan when an embassy was sent to the west by the Chinese emperor Ming (58 -75 CE). Though proper transmission started in 2nd century CE with the expansion of Kushan Empire into the Chinese territory of Tarim Basin and with the efforts of a great number of Central Asian Buddhist monks to Chinese lands. The amalgamation of different culture in the art on its way of expansion added new impacts on Buddhist art. This can be seen in the area where it has expanded. Like in China the Buddhist regime has a strong impact of Chinese traits and culture. Their historic prints can be seen in the Buddhist art of china. In the same way their stupas has strong Chinese impacts of Tang Buddhist art.

Korean Buddhist art reflects the interaction of Chinese Buddhist influence and pure original Korean culture. The art of steppes are evident in early Korean Buddhist art based on excavation of artifacts and burial goods such as Silla royal crowns, belt buckles, daggers and comma-shaped gogok. In Tibet Tantric Buddhism started as a movement from India in 5th or 6th century. It was derived from the Brahmanism. The Tibetan Buddhist art received influence from Indian, Nepali and Chinese art. One of the most characteristic creations of Tibetan Buddhist art are the mandalas, diagrams of a "divine temple" made of circle enclosing a square. Vietnam also has a strong Chinese Buddhist influence over it. Similarly, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia have direct Indian influence over their Buddhist art.

Japan being geographically at the end of the silk route, had many influences before the advent of Buddhism. Japan, the largest Buddhist country today discovered Buddhism in 6th century when Buddhist missionary monks came to the islands with various art work and sculpture. The Buddhism was adopted by the country in the following century. Japan was able to preserve many aspects of Buddhism at very time when it was disappearing in India, and being suppressed in Central Asia and China only because of its geographical location.

In a nutshell, if we carefully examine the footprints of history, we can clearly see that the Buddhist art known today in many parts of the world has actually evolved from its original form. Every country or society practicing Buddhism today has inducted new things according to their way of living. The cultural impact of different societies on the Buddhist art is evident from the careful study of history and society. From the shape and order of the stupas to the way Buddha look like, everything has been customized by the sculpture of time. Originally sutpas were painted and decorated in a way such that the whole life of the Sidharta Gautama (Buddha) was shown phase wise so that the followers could seek guidance. Later on every society influenced the Buddhist art with its own cultural heritage. Every society left its footprint on the Buddhist art and evolved it into the way they wanted it to be.

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The image is "Completeness" by Jia Lu

"Armillary Sphere" by Jia Lu

"Armillary Sphere" by Jia Lu
"Armillary Sphere" by Jia Lu

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      6 years ago

      Mamma mia Jia, romantic and fantastic..good artist.. I am also an artist, nice to meet you!!

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      6 years ago

      I love the "Billowing Veil" by Jia Lu. Very beautiful lens!

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      6 years ago

      Well, my dear! You have just introduced me to Jia Lu and the delicious figurative art. Quite remarkable with the skin tones which are very realistic and tactile.

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      6 years ago

      I like Jia Lus style, and your poetry. This lens is really beautiful! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful art, feminine and sensual and inspiring, so much to admire, enjoy and appreciate... :)

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      6 years ago from Colorado

      Stunning art. So sensual and flowing... spiritual. The power of curves. I found so much here to fill me... your poem, sumptuous imagery, and music as life energy. You blessed my morning. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Lovely work - powerful, feminine and peaceful - all in one. Thank you for introducing me to the work of Jia Lu.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      exoticism and eroticism in one. that's jia lu. squidangel blessings.

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      6 years ago

      i think that artists know her very well. i like her style and the beauty of her art paintings.very realistic.


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