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"http://www.cnsteppe.com/go1_ecology_news_20120902.htm Nomadic crusader Global Times | September 06, 2012 By Yan Shuang go1_ecology_news_20120902.jpg Chen Jiqun's artistic career was inspired by his stint in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region during the Cultural Revolution. Photo: Guo Yingguang/GT Chen Jiqun has fond memories of 1967 when, during"




 Commemorate the 50th anniversary exhibition of Beijing educated youth to the countryside (1967-2017)
Artist Profile Chen Jiqun, born in 1947. Graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts middle school. In 1967 November went to Inner Mongolia a Ranch. He used to be full of ManduBaolige school art teacher. In 1980, he returned to Beijing to become a professional painter, who has held personal art exhibitions abroad and participated in exhibitions
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 Once Echoing Steppe - Mongulia horse and pictures
The first sketch - horse. webaite: http://163art.com/gallery_en_sketch3_116.htm
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 Jiqun Chen's Art Works
oil paintings from Steppe nomadic life and nature
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Nomadic crusader

 

Global Times | September 06, 2012

By Yan Shuang

 

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Chen Jiqun's artistic career was inspired by his stint in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region during the Cultural Revolution. Photo: Guo Yingguang/GT

 

Chen Jiqun has fond memories of 1967 when, during the Cultural Revolution (‪1966-76), the then young artist relocated to the rolling grasslands of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. He would spend the next 13 years there as a zhiqing, or intellectual young person, before returning to Beijing to study at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Chen was among 17 million young urban residents sent to rural areas during the Cultural Revolution as part of the Down to the Countryside Movement to learn from the farmers.

 

The 65-year-old artist, renowned for his oil paintings of portraits and landscapes, has devoted himself to preserving Inner Mongolia's environment, local people's rights and nomadic cultural traditions through the sales of his paintings.

 

Down to the grassland

 

Last month, Chen attended a nomadic culture preservation workshop in Beijing. Modestly dressed in a plain T-shirt and sitting among the audience, Chen carefully listened to presentations and diligently took notes like a student. It wasn't until the end that his identity as an expert was revealed and people turned to him for suggestions.

 

As the CEO of Echoing Steppe, a charity that promotes Mongol nomadic culture, Chen is cooperating with several NGOs in Beijing on cultural and environmental protection programs in Inner Mongolia.

 

Chen's artworks of the region's landscape and people adorn the walls of his studio in Tongzhou district, while books on Mongolian language line his bookshelves.

 

"I'm a fluent speaker of Mongolian, but my literacy of the language is poor," Chen said, offering biscuits and milk tea from Inner Mongolia as he settled in for our interview. "I visit [Inner Mongolia] once every few months, but it's never like before when I was there decades ago."

 

After graduating from a Beijing high school affiliated with the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1967, Chen was dispatched to Ujumchin grassland as one of the first 400 zhiqing assigned to Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution.

 

He immediately embraced the nomadic life, living with ethnic Mongol natives, riding horses, learning Mongolian and teaching at a local primary school. For Chen, life as a zhiqing wasn't as difficult or boring as some of his peers grumbled.

 

"I had three horses of my own and I learnt to ride from local kids. We never felt hungry as we always had enough meat and milk," recalled Chen. "Ujumchin is one of the finest grasslands in Inner Mongolia. The grass was above my knees during that time, and every morning you could see dew lingering above the ground. It was such a beautiful scene."

 

Environment under threat

 

But much has changed over the past two decades, with the ecosystem of Ujumchin damaged by human factors. Mongolian gazelles, which used to be one of the most common animals in Inner Mongolia, have had their numbers decimated due to illegal hunting.

 

Locals have turned to raising camels due to desertification, and grasslands are now leased to farmers for so-called wasteland cultivation. The region's industrial development has resulted in factories and coal mines sprouting in once farming areas, contributing to pollution and placing a strain on precious resources such as water.

 

Most alarmingly, Chen believes local people are losing their own culture, citing that nomads are settling permanently in fixed locations instead of being perpetually on the move.

 

"Many ethnic Mongol kids don't speak their native language and attend Chinese-language schools. Some schools offer Mongolian-language courses, but their teachers lack experience of nomadic culture," Chen said.

 

The number of Mongolian-language schools has been shrinking in the region since the State Council launched a national policy to integrate schools in rural areas in 2001. The policy aims to improve rural education amid decreasing birth rates in rural areas and increasing migration to cities.

 

Chen's concerns about the fading nomadic culture and the worsening environment of grasslands led him to establish Echoing Steppe in 1996.

 

It started by selling Chen's paintings and eventually became a charitable website in 2000.

 

The website, available in Chinese, English and Mongolian, introduces Inner Mongolia's culture to people outside the region and highlights legal knowledge for local people. Chen also posts cartoons about nomadic life with both Chinese and Mongolian captions so children can better understand their ancestors' way of life.

 

Inspiration for Wolf Totem

 

Mongol culture was thrust into the global spotlight by Wolf Totem (2004), a semi-autobiographical novel by Lv Jiamin under the pen name Jiang Rong, which was translated into over 20 languages.

 

The book, which details the author's experience of leaving Beijing to work in Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution, includes descriptions of the folk traditions and life of ethnic Mongol nomads and farmers on the steppe.

 

L¨¹ and Chen have formed a friendship based on their common experience, with some literary critics even speculating Chen is in fact the narrator and major character in Wolf Totem - a matter Chen would rather keep it a secret. "It's a story about all the zhiqing there, including me," he said.

 

Chen and L¨¹ have jointly established a foundation for the grassland preservation. Chen is currently writing and illustrating a book comprised of decorative plates depicting nearly 700 types of plants, among which many have already vanished.

 

One of the threats to nomadic culture is the lack of legal awareness among natives who don't know how to protect their rights and property when they are infringed, said Chen, who has cooperated with the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau on ensuring the translation of a series of books, including environmental protection laws, from Chinese to Mongolian.

 

He's also helped Inner Mongolian residents who have petitioned over land acquisitions and livestock deaths due to excessive industrial pollution.

 

"I'm happy there are people who see how difficult cultural preservation is and are willing to help," Chen said of volunteers from both Inner Mongolia and Beijing who help run his website.

 

Chen plans to open a nomadic culture museum and tourist route in Inner Mongolia to boost tourism and raise public awareness, but these endeavors are currently on hold due to financial constraints and a lack of government support.

 

"In the meantime I'll keep painting scenes from Inner Mongolia, which is my second hometo.

 

 

"In the meantime I'll keep painting scenes from Inner Mongolia, which is my second hometown. With help from locals, hopefully we'll be able to make it," he said.

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I have lived in the Mongolian steppe for more than ten years (1967-1980). I have been going back to Mongolia for the past few decades and I have been visiting Mongolia for a long time. There are 700 kinds of native pastures and many wild animals such as yellow sheep and swans. There are various cranes and wolves, and the nomads lived there for two thousand years depending on the nomadic culture. It is the hometown of Genghis Khan and the hometown of the Genghis Khan Code, so the ecological protection is very good.

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Echoing Steppe Art Show 2019 

Place: THE CULTURAL PALACE OF NATIONALITIES IN BEIJING, CHINA         

 Time: May 26-31,2019

http://jiqunchen.com/2019artshow_chen.htm

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Painter devotes artistry to protecting enviroment in Inner Mongolia

By Liu Hui / Chinadaily
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-07/10/content_30060670.htm



The Ujimqin tribe has been living in Dong Ujimqin Banner of Xilin Gol League, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, practicing their old nomadic ways for ages. However, since the 1970s, the industrialization and urbanization brought great changes to the lifestyles of the herdsmen.

Take the Ulagai River as an example; it originates in the Greater Hinggan Mountains in Northeast China, covering 320km. But by the end of the 1970s, several reservoirs had been built on its upper and mid reaches for fishery and industrial uses, which left the lower reaches subject to repeated droughts and desertification.

In 1967, artist Chen Jiqun relocated to the rolling grassland as an educated youth, also known as zhiqing, who left the urban districts to live and work in rural areas as part of the "Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside Movement" during the "cultural revolution" (1966-76).

Chen's artistic career was inspired by his 13-year stint in Dong Ujimqin Banner.

"I feel pained as I witness the Dong Ujimqin prairie degrading day-by-day," Chen said.

"With the deterioration of the ecology of the grassland, the traditional prairie culture is also vanished rapidly."

When asked about the treatment of the grassland, Chen said it is just like the skin. "If it had been destroyed or affected with cancer, it might not be easy to recover."

He added that joint efforts should be made to address the thorny issue faced across the grassland in Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

 

Nowadays, the 71-year-old, renowned for his oil paintings of portraits and landscapes, has devoted himself to preserving Inner Mongolia's environment, local people's rights and nomadic cultural traditions through the sale of his paintings.



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Chen Jiqun was born in China, 1947.

He attended the Art School Attached to the Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1963 to 1967.
Chen Jiqun moved to Inner Mongolia in 1967, a young man in search of adventure.
The grasslands of Chen Jiqun’s youth live on in his paintings even if they continue to recede in reality. Vast landscapes filled with horses galloping between herds of sheep, goats, and cows grazing on foot-high grass have been replaced with cornfields, fenced-in pastures, mines, and increasingly, deserts. Grassland echo in his paintings.
As a professional artist who is open to commision requests, and taught oil painting.
All work in this gallery is the original artwork of Chen Jiqun. All images in this gallery are protected by China and International Copyright laws (Copyright 2011).
His art website is:
www.163art.com

He advanced studies at the Xu Beihong Art Studio of the Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1985 to 1987. 

Chen Jiqun is a member of Beijing Society of Art. He has held 
successful exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and 
Beijing. As a professional artist who specializes in portraits and 
landscape paintings, his vibrant-style has captured the hearts of many.
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Chen Jiqun was born in China, 1947.     Chen's  art site:  www.163art.com 

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He attended the Art School Attached to the Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1963 to 1967 and advanced studies at the Xu Beihong Art Studio of the Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1985 to 1987. He began his artistic creation about grassland scenery in 1967 when he was sent to East Ujumchin Banner, Inner Mongolia as an educated youth and continued-his artistic endeavors throughout his stay on the grassland (1967-1980).
Chen Jiqun is a member of Beijing Society of Art. He has held 
successful exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and 
Beijing. As a professional artist who specializes in portraits and 
landscape paintings, his vibrant-style has captured the hearts of many.
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Soul Back To Nailin Rivulet         Year Created: 1999
Medium: Oil        Size: 47"x47"

Camel Car In The Winter      Year Created:1998
oil on canvas         Size: 63"x51"

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