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Participant Information

Zhenlu Wang

City:
Beijing
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China
Essay:

A news, titled "Artistic Work Created by a Parkinsonian," with a subtitle of "The First Exhibition of Parkinson's Disease and Arts of Life," was carried on Beijing Evening News on April 7th, 2004.

It described as this: Prancing steeds, robust warriors, all the brief but vivid figures of horses and humans constitute a series of paintings named 'Drawings of Knights' with intense artistic shock which are shining in today's Art Gallery.

Otherwise, what forms a striking contrast with the marvelous paintings is the author Wang Zhenlu, who is studying under the grand master, Qi Liangchi, a person who has been suffering from Parkinson's disease for about 19 years.

He named himself the "person with shaking body and hands," while his courage to directly challenge the stubborn disease shown in his paintings moved everybody present.

I am the author of these paintings mentioned above, and was diagnosed as parkinsonian at the age of 40, nearly 20 years up to now.

During the years suffering from the disease, shaking body and hands deprived me of dressing and eating. It seems unbelievable that a man with difficulty in action and movement can work out such overwhelming paintings, but I really did it.

As the disciple of the famous Qi School Chinese painting, I luckily got to be the well-accomplished student of Mr. Qi Liangchi, the 4th son of the master Qi Baishi in 1982, studying freehand brushwork of Chinese ink painting.

Qi School is characterized by containing profound meaning by ordinary subject, whose works are mainly expressing emotions by depicting articles or implying dreams via portraying objects. They are full of fun, implied meaning and childlike innocence, which all fit me well.

Since suffering from Parkinson's disease, although being restrained by inconvenient movement, I persisted in painting, writing poems. Immersing in conception of painting often helped me to leave my sufferings behind. While painting with ink and brush, I needed to cool down and focus on it, just as practicing Qigong Exercise.

Conceiving of works exercised my mind and thinking as well, which becomes the cause and tip of Chinese painters for their long life. I, too, benefited from it greatly. It also retarded the progress of the disease.

I could climb a 5-meter platform to finish 4 posters of the First Exhibition of Agriculture in the 8th year since the diagnosis, and could travel long-distance with family members in the 15th year.

I have traveled Three Gorges, Suzhou and Hangzhou, Hainan, talking and laughing cheerfully, walking to and fro freely all the way. I went to Japan once and America twice, which broadened my horizon greatly.

All of these prove that parkinsonians can look after themselves for long times via beneficial artistic practices under the precondition of appropriate medical care and sufficient family care.

It is my love for painting that slowed down the progress of the disease, which allows me to portray my scroll painting of life intensively.