Barry Russell

Barry has a range of degrees focusing on Eastern and Western Culture and is a creative writer of novels, short stories and artist profiles. He lives in Kingston, Canada and also resides in Chengdu, China.

Articles by Barry

Artist Stories

Garlands of Greatness for the Astonishing 20th Century Chinese Artist Zhang Daqian

Zhang Daqian is considered the foremost Chinese artist in the last 500 years. If this is true, then what is it that makes Zhang Daqian so important?...

Barry Russell 18 June 2021

Hail Luo Ping! 18th Century Visionary Painter and Poet

Luo Ping, Freud’s Godfather, proclaims, ‘kill or be killed…’ but of course Luo Ping’s subtler than this, he only suggests what’s...

Barry Russell 17 June 2021

Asian Art

Qi Baishi, China’s Master of the Ordinary in an Extraordinary Way

Qi Baishi, is probably the most unlikely person to become one of the highest valued artists in the world, right next to Andy Warhol and Picasso, but...

Barry Russell 26 May 2018

Artist Stories

Let’s Sing Praises to Song Dynasty Genius Artist Ma Yuan

There’s more to the paintings of Ma Yuan than meets the eye. Ma Yuan, (1160-1225) was a Southern Song Dynasty, Chinese painter from an illustrious...

Barry Russell 18 April 2018

Artist Stories

Meet Kun Can – Chinese Artist, One Of The “Four Great Monk Painters”

A Chinese painter and Buddhist monk who lived 1612-1674, Kun Can was known as one of the ‘Four Great Monk Painters’ of the early Qing Dynasty. As...

Barry Russell 29 March 2018