Yang Jin Long's philosophy is that the aim of the painter and that
of all other human endeavors is the same - to get inspiration from
everyday life. A devout Christian, Yang often uses symbolism within
his paintings. Yang draws his inspiration from the still mental
state of self-contemplation, and from self-reflection. His works
not only convey his underlying spiritual connection to the greater
universe, but seem to resonate in a universal manner with many simple
aspects and emotions that fill our daily lives.
Yang was greatly influenced by Chinese watercolor and calligraphy
during his early studies. The highly formalized structure used in
the teaching of these disciplines inspired Yang to create a new
concept, structural in nature, and incorporate this into his painting.
His style blends traditional Asian influences and symbols with a
classical sense and European inspiration reminiscent of early Christian
painters. He sublimely blends various elements into intriguing and
thought provoking compositions that are universal and spiritual,
thus appealing to a broad audience.
Through his work, Yang finds new opportunities to explore the relationship
between living things and their spirituality. His works often iterate
his feelings of connection to a larger universe; as well as expressing
the feeling of nameless existence, literally being "a face
in the ignorant crowd." Yang feels that "our day to day
norm is gently concealing the sad plight and the narrow circumstances
of mankind", and expresses this concept in his work. His perspective
is that "Industrialization has lead to the symptoms of a living
crisis' for the peoples of many nations. Therefore, his works often
explore the human trauma caused by politics, war, diseases and pollution.
He seeks to remind us of our visions of utopia and bring to light
the prospects for a better world in the future.
Yang is concerned with concepts of 'behavior' and 'truth' and how
these concepts can be manipulated to "bring harm and deceit
to the masses". He warns people not to follow blindly, but
to perfect their own wisdom, to realize their personal vision, and
make a connection to the universal spirit.
Yang remarks that " everything in nature, such as a tiny spark,
a clear spring, a gentle breeze and a feeble lotus is alive and
always has a dialogue with me, urging me to create through my art.
This dialogue then creates a harmony of color, texture, and a signature
style in my painting that moves me deeply - deep within my heart
and soul. This I realize is the truth of nature." Yang also
feels that "nature can gradually wipe out the accumulated dirt
inside one's heart and renew the inherent quality that inspires
man and unites man in heavenly joy." His works embody the spirit
of connection felt by each of us to other living things, yet reminds
us of our own human character and our place contingent with others
in the world.