He painted the old teahouse as a "red-hot on the Internet"
A scene of Jiaotong Tea House in the painting of Chen Anjian.
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- On April 14th, "Witnessing the Jiaotong Tea House - An Exhibition of Chen Anjian's Individual Works" was held at the Tank Loft - Chongqing Contemporary Art Center and Jiaotong Teahouse in Huangjueping. The exhibition showcased dozens of oil paintings of famous artist Chen Anjian with the theme of a Jiaotong Teahouse.
Born in 1959, Chen Anjian is a Chongqing native who graduated from the famous “Star Class” at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. At the end of the 1990s, Chen Anjian began to paint the guests in Jiaotong Tea Houses located in Huangjueping Main Street. By 2018, the "Teahouse" series had been in existence for 20 years without interruption. This series of creations was also shown at the National Art Exhibition and other important exhibitions and has won many prizes.
"Witnessing the Jiaotong Tea House - An Exhibition of Chen Anjian's Individual Works" has attracted more than 70 media from all over the country. The people who appeared in Chen’s works, such as the old tea guests, “bangbang” and the neighborhood in Huangjueping came to see the exhibition.
In 2004, the business conditions of the Jiaotong Tea House were not good, and the owner wanted to rent it to others to open an internet cafe. When Chen Anjian heard the news, he paid for the tea house contract. Today, the teahouse has been handed over to new owners, and he still pays about 1,700 yuan a month for the rent and maintenance of the teahouse. He doesn’t want to get a penny for its operating income: “I just want to leave such a place in Chongqing, an authentic old teahouse.” Today, the old and battered Jiaotong Tea House has become a "red-hot on the internet" teahouse under the spread of Chen’s works. New tea guests and young people often come here to take photos and do live broadcasts.
The exhibition will continue to May 7 and will be free to the public. (Translated by Gao Jiao, Fathom Language Limited)