The Hidden Brush Stone Painting of San Silverbeard

San Silverbeard did not come up with his artistic style or his medium in which to express it by accident. He has been a scientist and a student in the field of soil and mineral experimentation almost all of his adult life, whose sometimes hair-raising travels throughout Asia are far too numerous to begin to narrate here.

Suffice it to say the artistís eyes beheld a panoply of wondrous sights in his years of adventure that continue to fuel his creations today.

It was only after years of patient, sometimes painstaking experimentation that Silverbeard came up with the artistic medium that serves as his canvas. Then the idea of the "hidden brush" Ė painting the picture inside the medium instead of the front, came to him soon afterward. This method, driven by the artistís profound natural talent, produces a result that is nothing short of spectacular.

The idea for these painting began with the artist, then an engineer, working successfully to find a stronger, more durable form of concrete. Once he had developed this material, he then got the idea using it as an artistic medium. From this idea 40 years ago the engineer Wing Ki San became the artist San Silverbeard.

San had already painted some pictures on traditional surfaces, such as paper, canvas or silk, but was concerned that these materials could fade over time if not painstakingly preserved. This is a great part of what led him to his discovery.

When he left Hong Kong for America in 1983, San Silverbeard had a fully workable prototype for his medium, but even so, worked further to perfect it after his arrival in this country.

All during this time he remained a serious and devoted student of both Chinese and western painting. Through the years of his studies, he found himself drawn to landscapes, and adopted that form as his specialty. It is exhaustive studies of art history led him to the project of painting landscapes in all of the different styles of the Chinese dynasties.

For as long as he has been in America, San Silverbeard has devoted nearly every morning to his landscapes, not necessarily to produce great quantity, but rather to achieve quality.

His landscapes are not always based on that which is physically apparent to painterís eye at the moment but, more frequently, the recalled scenery of his decades of travel throughout China. You will find such vistas as the Kweilin waterway, the bold Five-Fingered Mountain of Hainan, and the astonishing waterfall, the perpetual spring of Kunming, the unusual stones of Mt. Omei in Szechuan, the beautiful Lok Mountain and Kaling River. The artistís travels even took him to Tibet where you will find another landscape from a high plateau, where the view seems to be endless. In addition, donít be surprised to find a landscape from the Grand Canyon.

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