Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fan Art, the Old School: Li Lihua

When I stumbled upon these remarkable paintings of Li Lihua — remarkable not just for the love so evident in their execution but also because of their surprising provenance — I was reminded of why I started this blog: as a way of expressing and sharing my passion for vintage Chinese cinema and its galaxy of illustrious stars. Sometimes I get tangled up in the highs and lows of the social media economy (and no, I'm not talking about monetized clicks) and lose sight of the amour that gave birth to my amateur endeavor. These two paintings — of one of my favorite stars — shine with the purity of expression that I want to achieve.

Artist unknown, sold in September 2012 at an auction house in Oakland, California (source)

 
Actress Li Li Hua's "Twin Sister" by Alan E. Hilsden, St. Catherines, Ontario (source)

7 comments:

sbk said...

What wonderful paintings. A friend of mine likes to paint pictures of his favorite actresses. And now when I see portraits I stop and look at them and wonder about the person who painted them.

duriandave said...

Hi sbk! I often wonder the same thing whenever I see a painting in a thrift store. I wonder how it ended up there and if it will ever find another home.

Dev said...

oh god this is so awesome, never would have imagined all these painting survives, and i like the first one especially, it is just li li hua!!!! Thanks for sharing Dave!

duriandave said...

Hi Dev! Yeah, the likeness in the first painting is really good. Somehow the second one reminds me of Pat Ting Hung.

YTSL said...

Hi duriandave --

Funny... for me, the first painting looks less like it's of Li Lihua than the second painting. Re the latter: to me, the artist captured Li Lihua's eyes very well. :)

duriandave said...

Hi YTSL, Kung Hei Fat Choi! Best wishes for the coming year. May it be full of good movies, good hikes, and good trips abroad.

YTSL said...

Hi again duriandave --

Thanks -- and kung hei fat choi to you too! :)