Hutong is typical building of old Beijing, beautiful and quiet, which is also a reflection of traditional culture, for hundreds of years. There were more than 3,300 hutongs in old Beijing.
Today, it is really hard to find an original hutong. They are vanished, replaced by new buildings.
This artwork shows ruins of old hutong. The red sign "北大吉巷" that fell on the ground is its name. The upper part of the picture shows the modern city being built by human beings. On the left of old wall, there is Chinese character '拆', means tear down. On the bottom, there is beautiful gate pier left.
In China, pandas are very well protected. While many old buildings have to face the reality of being demolished.
Jia Yuanhua is a Chinese artist, born in 1980, who lives and works in Beijing, China. His contemporary artworks focus on social issues such as the protection of historical buildings, the inheritance of traditional culture, the conflict between tradition and contemporary times, education reform and the sustainable development of the natural ecological environment. Characterised with a naïve art style, common motifs in his works include famous landmarks, pandas and iconic characters. He works mainly with oil or acrylic in his paintings, playing with two main forms of expression in his works. One is a common realistic technique known for paintings. The other is to use an oil painting knife for carving on the surface of the oil onto the canvas but the artist also creates lines in his artworks to express the outline of objects either existed or vanished. Jia Yuanhua’s works were on view on several exhibitions and art fairs in Asia and overseas, such as the Art Zone Exhibition Space 798 in Beijing, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, the Bangkok Chinese Culture Center in Thailand and the Contemporary Art Fair in Luxembourg.