Lian Quan Zhen
Lian Quan Zhen is a popular watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books.
Lian started sketching and painting in his childhood and continue as hobby while he practiced medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He has many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings.His art teaching credentials include at the University of California at Berkeley where he taught watercolor outdoor sketching for 8 years; watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationwide in US, and other countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, China, South Africa and Australia. Also, Lian has been an invited juror for California, Colorado, New Mexico and Kentucky Watercolor Societies' exhibitions and other local shows. His paintings featured in magazines such as Watercolor 94 Spring, Splash4, Collectors (Hong Kong) and books of Landscape on Watercolor (UK), Finding Your Visual Voice and Painter's Quick Reference books by North Light Books: Flowers and Blooms, Dogs and Cats, Birds and Butterflies, Landscapes and Drawing and Painting Animals - the Essential Guide.
Lianís three books are distributed internationally. The Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolor, published in October of 2000; the Chinese Watercolor Techniques - Painting Animals, published in December of 2004, with demos on video tapes and DVDs made by Teaching Arts in UK; Chinese Watercolor Techniques for Exquisite Flowers published in 2009. They were main selections for North Light Book Club members. In Fall 2013 North Light will publish his fourth book: Chinese Landscape Techniques for Watercolor.
Lian Zhen will sign each book with a small original painting and his name.
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Book & Painting Demo DVDs
Landscape Techniques For Watercolor will publish in Fall,
2013 by North Light Books. Through a number of step-by-step demonstrations,
readers will learn how to paint landscapes in a variety of techniques
including Chinese and traditional Western watercolor style.
Watercolor Techniques For Exquisite Flowers publishing in Feb.
2009 by North Light Books. Through a number of step-by-step demonstrations,
readers will learn how to paint flowers in a variety of techniques including
Chinese Spontaneous style, Chinese Detail style and traditional Western
watercolor style. In addition, the author provides creative twists to
each style including printing with glass, wrinkling rice paper, using
a glue resist, blowing color and painting on primed canvas. A concise
chapter on composition will provide readers with everything they need
to be successful by covering placement, balance, dynamic movement and
focal points. The flowers portrayed in the book are favorites among
watercolor painters and many are painted in two styles to provide a
variety of options to readers.
Chinese Watercolor Painting Techniques - Painting Animals, published in December 2004 by North Light Books. Lian's powerful art illustrates the limitless creative possibilities of Chinese and watercolor paintings. He combines his inspirational art with clear, practical instruction in easy-to-follow demonstrations. You are sure to discover nature's beauty in new ways as you uncover the secrets of Lian's art.
This book is North
Light's main selection book of February, 2005.
Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolors, was published in
November 2000 by North Light Books. Lian demonstrates both Chinese painting
and watercolor painting techniques, and the integration between eastern
and western arts. It has total 144 pages and 246 illustrations. The
book was publish by North Light Books in United States and by David
& Charles in England.
||Fifty-page book has 56 Lian Zhen's painting dated from 1993 to 2003.|
Other Books and Magazines featured Lian Zhen's paintings and demos:
|Finding Your Visual Voice||Book published by North Light Books in 2007. Author: Dakota Mitchell with Lee Harroun. It includes Lian's paintings, demo and interview.|
|Painter's Quick Reference Books||
"Flowers and Blooms"
|Painting Landscape||Book published in UK in 2004. It has Lian's watercolor demo.|
the Splendor of Light
|Book published by North Light in 1996. It shows two paintings by Lian Zhen. The book is a collection of paintings which "109 of American's best contemporary watercolorists show and tell you how they capture the drama and mood of light."|
By North Light Books
|Will publish in 2013 including the "Grapes" paintings by Lian Zhen.|
Vol. 24 1995 (Hong Kong)
|Magazine published in Hong Kong. Six paintings from Lian were selected.|
|Watercolor 94 Spring||Lian's article and demonstration "Combining Eastern and Western Techniques" was selected by the American Artist Publication.|
|Selected Teaching and Judging Experiences|
TWEENTY SIX WORSKHOPS EACH YEAR IN THE US, CANADA AND SOUTH AFRICA
2005,07 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, SITKA, AK
2004, 06 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
2004 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
2004-07 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, JACKSON HOLE, WY
2004,06 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, ART HAVEN, NY
2004,05 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, IMAGE GALLERY, KANSAS CITY, MO
2004-05 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, KETCHIKAN, AK
2004 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
2003 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
2003-06 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, ST. GEORGE ISLAND, FL
2003-04 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, AJIJIC, MEXICO
2003-06 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, BONITA SPRINGS ART LEAGUE, FL
2003-04 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, SOUTH VERMONT ART CENTER, VT
2003-06 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, SEDONA ART CENTER, AZ
2003-05 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, COUPEVILLE ART CENTER, WA
2003-04 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM, AZ
2003-06 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, SIERRA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, RENO, NV
2002-03 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, GEORGE O' KEEFE MUSEUM, SANTA FE, NM
2002-03 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC
2002-04 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, MENDOCINO ART CENTER, CA
2002-07 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, ART IN THE MOUNTAIN, BEND, OR
2002-03 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOP, NORTH TAHOE ART CENTER, CA
2002 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP, SYLVAN LAKE AND CALGARY, CANADA.
2002-04 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP, ART SCHOOL AT KAPALUA, MAUI, HAWAII.
2001 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS, SCWA, HEALDSBURG, CA.
2000-04 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOPS, KENSINGTON GALLERY, CAMPBELL, CA.
2000-03 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOPS , AMSTERDAM ART, BERKELEY, CA.
1998 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP, CALIFORNIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, CA
1997, 01-07 WATERCOLOR ON SITE SKETCH, CHINA AND TIBET.
1997 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS, ATHERTON, CA.
1997,01,04 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP, CALIFORNIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, CA.
1995 -02 WATERCOLOR OUTDOOR SKETCH, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY.
1995-96 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS, NEWTON CITY, MA.
1995 WATERCOLOR COURSE, MIT, MA.
1994 -06 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOPS, PLA, PLEASANTON, CA.
1994-05 WATERCOLOR & CHINESE PAINTING WORKSHOPS, LAKE CHARLES, LA.
|Have judged shows for California Watercolor Society, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society and Colorado Watercolor Society, plus many local ones. Will judge shows for Georgia Watercolor Society (Sept. 2013) and Arizona Watercolor Society (Oct. 2013).|