Happy Chinese New Year! Artist-In-Residence Weimin He marks Year of the Pig with new design

Green Templeton’s Artist-in-Residence Weimin He has created a beautiful piece of artwork to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The bold design, featuring a pig soaring high above the 18th century Radcliffe Observatory in the college grounds, was created to celebrate 2019 being the Year of the Pig.

Chinese New Year '19 Calligraphy

Weimin’s artwork was sent to Green Templeton alumni in China (c) Weimin He

Weimin sketched the design on A4 paper then used Photoshop to add the colours.

The accompanying message, reading ‘Happy New Year’, was crafted in Chinese bronze script, an ancient form of script that is still used by some artists and scholars today.

Chinese New Year '19 Calligraphy (c) Weimin He

An early sketch of Weimin’s design (c) Weimin He

The pig, which is the twelfth of all zodiac animals, is associated with good fortune, wealth and being sociable.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Weimin, who was  born in Heilongjiang, Northeast China, was appointed Green Templeton’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence in August 2018. You can find out more about Weimin’s role at college and his career here. 

Created: 5 February 2019