Nanping Yun specializes in drawing portraits and figures in classically realistic style. She enjoys drawing in both pastel and oil.
Living in New York City; a metropolis with millions of people from many different parts of the world, Nanping feels constantly inspired by the cultural diversity of this city. She loves to draw quick sketches of people; the reason which motivates her to sketch is also the reason which inspires her to paint. That reason is the moment when she encounters a particular person on the street or in the subway; the moment when a person whose extraordinary appearance or temperament instantly captures her attention, her mind is quickly infused with this impression and wants to keep this impression. For Nanping, each of these moments is fascinating which sparkles her to sketch and then permanently preserve this impression in the painting.
For Nanping Yun, the creation of every piece of her painting is an aesthetic pilgrimage during which she is fully dedicated in every step of this long process. “Gazing ” is one of her representative works of drawing portrait and figure in traditional soft pastel; not only Nanping demonstrates her artistic sensitivity by capturing the spirit of person in this pastel painting, but also manifests her skillful handling of pastel strokes and sophisticated use of pastel color.
Selected Awards and Exhibitions
"Valiant Youth", Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC) Annual Art Exhibition, Grand Gallery at the National Art Club, Manhattan, New York January 2019
"Sobbing Violin", Enduring Brilliance Exhibition by the Pastel Society of America, Grand Gallery at the National Art Club, Manhattan, New York September 2016
"Gazing", Pastel Society of Tampa Bay Award, Enduring Brilliance Exhibition by the Pastel Society of America, Grand Gallery at the National Art Club, Manhattan,New York September 2015
"Gazing ", Allied Artists of America Award, Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition by the Connecticut Pastel Society, Norwich, Connecticut October 2014
"Upbeat", Pastel Society of America Group Exhibition in the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, from December 2014 to February 2015
"Upbeat", National Art Club Award, Enduring Brilliance Exhibition by the Pastel Society of America, Grand Gallery at the National Art Club, Manhattan, New York September 2014
"Upbeat", Jack Ahlin Award, For Pastel Only Exhibition by the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Cultural Center, Massachusetts, June 2014