Hua Junwu's cartoons on China

By Lin Qi ( ) Updated: 2015-08-04 09:21:46

Hua Junwu's cartoons on China

[Photo by Jiang Dong / China Daily]

Among his artworks, about 100 are presently displayed at the museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth and also as a tribute to his skills. Hua is remembered as a pioneer of political cartoon in China. His works also expose social issues with both style and insight.

But before he became famous as a cartoonist, Hua had tried his hand in painting — with limited success.

"When I painted still life, I felt rather frustrated because I could never execute a good piece," he said. "I realized that I preferred a carefree and sketchy style, instead of painting exactly what an object looks like. I then turned to caricature, which suits my personality quite well."

Hua drew inspiration from ordinary Chinese, the artist said.

"Caricatures these days have strong Western influence. ... I seek a Chinese touch, ... I draw what my people can understand."

The exhibition runs through Aug 7.

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