Friday, April 29, 2011
Shen Peng 沈鹏
Shen Peng, born in 1931 and a native of Jiang Yin of Jiangsu province, is a famous calligrapher, painting commenter, poet and copy editor. He started learning Chinese painting and calligraphy at very young age. Later, he learned Chinese painting, calligraphy, poetry and classics from a number of Juren (scholars who passed the imperial provincial examinations) of the late Qin dynasty, such as Zhang Songguang.
In 1948, he entered the Zhong Zheng University (currently known as Jiangxi Normal University) to study literature in the Chinese Language department. Later, he switched to study journalism.
Before his retirement, he held a number of senior posts in the governmental units and organisations, such as the deputy president of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, the president of the China Calligraphers Association, the advisor of the China Painting Press and the chief editor of “Chinese Painting and Calligraphy” magazine.
He is famous in cursive script, and his calligraphy in cursive script refects the sentiments of the comptemporary age and shows his personal style. He is equally skilful in other scripts such as the clerical and regular scripts, and they are evauluated highly in China and abroad. He has written more than 15000 pieces of calligraphic works, of which about 1000 pieces are written for magazines, newspaper, congratulatory messages for various exhibitions, and for inscribing on horizontal boards. His works can be found all over China at such places as the Great Hall of the People, the Zhongnanhai – the central headquarters for the Chinese government, Hotels. They are also collected widely outside China, inscribed on stones and wooden boards at various natural scenaries and places of interest in Hang Zhou, Zheng Jiang, Shanghai, Nanjing, Jinan, Mount Ermei, the Three Gorges, Lao Shan, Helan Shan, Hainan, and Beijing etc.
Zhao Puchu praised Shen Peng for his calligraphy, saying ‘his works is comparable to if not better than that of the ancient masters, and I admire them a great deal.’ Qi Gong commented: ‘I have known him for more than 30 years, and notice that he always has something unique to offer when comes to critics on arts.’ ‘None of his calligraphy of cursive script follows a set pattern. We say that it is important to be creative in arts. We have found this his art works.’
He has received numerous awards at home and abroad for his contributions to the development and promotion of arts and culture.