Junsheng Sandstone Painting Gallery (军声画院) – Promoting Creative Eco-Friendly Art

Junsheng Sandstone Painting Gallery (军声画院: 湖南省张家界市子午路2号), a national 2A-rated tourist attraction in Zhangjiajie city, was our first stop on day 4, an easy and relaxing destination to start another “tough day” ahead. 😛  The gallery was opened to the public in May 2001 by artist Mr Li Junsheng (李军声), presenting a brand new concept of painting using sandstone, plants and many other natural materials to create the beautiful sandstone paintings here.

Junsheng Painting Gallery - all covered with greenery to demonstrate its eco-friendliness? ;)

Junsheng Painting Gallery – all covered with greenery to demonstrate its eco-friendliness? 😉

There are 4 levels in the gallery but we were only allowed to take pictures on the first level (I think).  Each level houses the beautiful and delicate sandstone paintings completed by Mr Li and his students.  Many of their works look incredibly beautiful, and you won’t even notice that they are sandstone paintings if no one tells you about it, because they simply look like traditional-inked paintings from a distance!  You gotta see it to believe it. 🙂  They also sell some of the beautiful works by Mr Li and his students on the top floor, in various sizes and prices to suit everyone.  Frankly the prices are pretty affordable considering the effort put in by these artists to create the painting using natural materials. A table photo frame-sized painting cost around S$40.  But I didn’t buy any as my house doesn’t have the space and ambience to display such art haha.

A painting of the great artist working on his sandstone painting

A painting of the great artist, born in 1963, working on his sandstone painting

The next and last photo I am going to show here is interesting.  When the staff brought us to the painting, all we could see was a closed wooden latched door.  Slowly the staff opened the door and this was what we saw:

Beautiful sandstone creation behind the door :)

Beautiful sandstone creation behind the door 🙂

There is a similar painting on the higher levels that Mr Li completed of his childhood home.  Once you open the wooden door of his childhood home, you see something totally different from the dilapidated house, like a hopeful and bright new world outside for him to explore.  Guess that was what inspired him to work hard and come up with such great art works despite being very poor during his growing-up days as a Tujia ethnic minority in Zhangjiajie.  His first sandstone artwork was completed in 1986 and was later awarded the national copyright. I like the underlying meaning presented in many of his paintings – simply inspirational! 😉

It’s no wonder that Mr Li Junsheng is quite well-known in the artistic field and his works have been sold in various parts of the world from Asia to Europe and Americas.  Do visit the gallery for some insights if you are in Zhangjiajie. 🙂

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