CountyAnne Arundel County
Phone202 751 7719
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementI enjoy painting with Chinese Gongbi technique. People, animals and flowers are the subjects that I usually work on. I would like to create art works that people can understand and appreciate no matter what background they come from. The Gongbi painting has a long history however its uniformity limits chances of further evolution. Diverse communities and cultural conflict bring me inspiration in my paintings. I am working to widen range of subjects, such as western themes. In addition I am exploring assimilation of traditional form into variety of contemporary life.
Ping Shen is a trained artist who specializes in using traditional Chinese Gongbi painting
techniques to create contemporary artwork inspired by her rich life experiences in China and
America. Using various brush sizes and shapes on Chinese rice paper, her expressive watercolors
feature portraits, figures, animals and flowers. Ping’s work builds a bridge between traditional
and contemporary by showcasing ancient painting techniques and mediums in a modern and
simply beautiful way. She creates artwork that evokes feelings of happiness and pleasant
Ping earned her MFA in China and currently lives and works in the United States in Annapolis,
Maryland. Her works have been exhibited nationwide in China since 2007, and appeared on the
national art stage in the United States in 2013.