“I love a challenging and creative life. Freedom and the sense of liberty is achieved through my ability to express what I am seeing and feeling. As an artist, you have developed good insight and a taste for life – life is what you make it, so try to make it beautiful. Being an artist and art teacher has provided me a lifelong love.” – Shijun Munns
Shijun Munns is a local painter who was born in the province of Guangdong, China where she has built her foundation and passion for art since childhood. She graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1987 which led her to receive a copious amount of awards and recognition for her paintings, she then followed the path of becoming an art instructor. Over the years her work has been viewed and collected on an international scale. She moved to Georgia in 2003 where she currently works and lives in a quaint and quiet home with her husband. She creates and teaches in her studio at home and stays very active within the Fine Art world here in Atlanta, having her work exhibited in many galleries throughout the area.
A majority of Shijun’s pieces exudes a style that stems from traditional roots with a modern twist. She has noted inspiration from artists such as Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh as well as “some of the old Chinese masters”. Her love for the texture, design, and vibrant colors of these artists works shine through her own. She has also expressed gaining inspiration from her students.
Alongside everything else she is a photographer and writer having published articles in her home country as well as creating travel journals documenting places and people.
“My main medium is painting but I am interested in many mediums like watercolor, mixed media, and Chinese ink brush paintings… My feeling is that every medium of art is connected. When you experience art in different ways and other ways of expressing yourself, it will deepen your perspective on life and improve your artistic style,” says Munns.
Shijun’s works display themes that emit very mystique feminine energy and its connection with the environment showing “a balance between serenity of nature and the strength of poetry”. The splendid and lush country side of Georgia and the Southern charm of its culture shines through her latest works.
“Art expands ones horizons. For children, the simple act [of] being creative has beneficial qualities that enrich their lives in all their endeavors through school years. To create art is to nurture, heal and love and a quest for giving meaning to my own life. I like art that is inspirational, heartening and more peaceful than the reality of life. I think art should inspire the viewer, elicit a response. The world without art is the ruin of soul.”
You can find her work at the following galleries:
2 Rules fine Art Gallery
Donna Van Gogh’s
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
The Gallery @ Limetree
The Hudgens Center for the Arts
Objet d’Art Gallery Studios
Emerging Art Scene
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Shijun gives art lessons at her studio in Lilburn for both children and adults. Also, she has a “Joy of Art” class at Callanwolde Fine Art Center Atlanta. For more information go to: www.shijunart.weebly.com/index.html