Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Legend of Naii- Gallery 1988 SF

"The Legend of Naii is a tribute to my grandmother. Nai nai means grandma on the father's side in Chinese. She was the center of our family and will always be my inspiration.

For as long as I can remember she's always had silky white hair. She was also one of the last women in China who had their feet bound and survived the wars. She had eight kids even though one didn't live pass the age of 4. She carries them on her back in the eight paintings in order to look after them.

In these images she's depicted as a goddess warrior who defends the white lily forest from demon pests. If the white lily forest were her family, then the pests are the hardship and any other odds against it. She rides on auspicious animals such as the bat or rooster that protect her from harm and the paper cranes are a reminder of our love for her which is always by her side.

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to dedicate this series to her. There's no doubt in my mind she will continue to inspire me on all levels for the rest of my life."

This series of 8 paintings will be part of a group show called "Battle Royal" opening at Gallery 1988 San Francisco on Friday, 6/26/09 from 7-10pm. The show will run from 6/26/09- 7/18/09.

To see all the paintings and the rest of the show-

To see pictures from the opening-

For more of my paintings and illustrations-

The Audacious Rooster
Acrylic on wood
12" X 24"

The Vigilant Tiger
Acrylic on wood
12" X 24"

The Insightful Monkey
Acrylic on wood
12" X 24"

The Auspicious Bat
Acrylic on wood
12" X 24"

The Virtuous Stag
Acrylic on wood
12" X 24"

The Righteous Crane
Acrylic on wood
12" X 24"

The Prosperous Toad
Acrylic on wood
12" X 24"

The Persistent Turtle
Acrylic on wood
12" X 24"


craig said...

These are wonderful Martin.

Martin Hsu said...

Thanks, Craig :)

RAWLS said...
Stunning work man! I'm in awe. What a great subject matter as well. Very honorable. Fantastic work my friend!
...but, if none of her kids survived, how is it that you exist to tell the tale hmm?!?

Martin Hsu said...

Thanks, RAWLS! Glad you liked the paintings :)

No dude, ONE of the 8 kids didn't live pass the age of 4, the rest of the 7 did ;) Good try though!!!!

Howard Shum said...

Nice tribute!

Alina Chau said...

THese are stunning !!

Meesimo said...

Beautiful series!

Martin Hsu said...

Thanks everyone ^_^

theNerdPatrol said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Please tell me you'll be selling prints. I would love to have a print of "The Auspicious Bat"!

Martin Hsu said...

Nerd- Yeah man! I'm thinking about doing limited edition prints of these for sure :)

Gulzar said...

wonderful stuffs! It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland art works done for Tim Burton's latest film....

wonderful work Martin! keep it rolling brother!


GhettoFab said...

simply magnificient!!

Art Fan Ako said...

BEutiful bunch!

Martin Hsu said...

Gulzar- Wow, thanks, buddy! You're too kind with your words :)

Ghettofab & Art- Thank you!!! ^_^

David said...

I really like your colors man!!

abhishek singh said...

my compliments and respect to u , on making such beautiful art on a truely felt story .
this is indeed a great way to show your gratitude ,
i'm sure she'll be very proud of u.

came after long to ur blog ,
and so much amazing work u have posted since then.

i'm "Linking" u right away

wishes , have a great show:)

Martin Hsu said...

@David- Thanks man! Your designs are awesome!

@Abhishek- that means a lot coming from you, my friend! Your visual development stuff is absolutely mind blowing!

Kristin said...

Martin- these are really beautifully designed. :)

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