Jun Chen

Beijing opera

oil on canvas
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Beijing opera is an ancient form of Chinese opera. In the past, people watched it not only in the theatre but also, more often, in restaurants and teahouses. Although Chinese cities are very modern these days, many people still keep this custom. My painting shows just this: an opera performer on stage while people eat and talk all around the stage, which is a very Chinese tradition. I used lots of dark brown to emphasis this kind of old-time style.

- Jun Chen, 2015