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In this piece, there are six distinctive types of birds, all representing love in Chinese traditions. One of the birds is the Mandarin duck, which is the most famous ornamental type of bird in China and symbolises love and is hardly separated in pairs. The Magpies symbolise auspiciousness in China but also have a certain representation and meaning of love. The Black-necked swans are other birds used in this piece. Although this type of bird is monogamous, they are popular love birds. Although the Macaws are almost extinct, they are known to exist in pairs, which are a symbol of love. Peony parrots, on the other hand, are noisy birds, but they are known as couple parrots as well as love birds. Lastly, the Red-billed Lovebirds are birds with a beautiful sound, attractive appearance and popular for their love affairs. They always exist in pairs and are inseparable. This is what makes them a concrete symbol of love. There is a bird at the bottom end of the image with different colors and flying above the water. This bird represents freedom, fortune and eternal love.
In addition, the piece includes the Camellia type of flower, which is one of the ten most popular flowers in the Chinese tradition. The flower represents humbleness, deposited virtue and ideal love. The butterflies in this work symbolise beauty and represent eternity, and being in pair symbolises love. The female figure in the portrait painted in yellow and red colours (colours of the Chinese flag) symbolises the feminine ability to love. This is reinforced by the presence of the colour purple (love), the colour red for passion, joy and celebration, as well as yellow that represents wealth and nobility.
At the back of the portrait is the deer, which is a representation of love and a symbol for mutual consideration, respect and common happiness between intimate lovers. The background of this work is stimulated by “Wonderland,” which is a representation of a fairyland that never fades. This is what gives the artwork life and immortality. Therefore, the entire piece of art is filled with souls and symbols of love, and it also shows that love is the beauty of the soul.
Yin Lu is a Chinese Australian artist and art teacher based in Brisbane, Australia, whose artistic practice is hugely influenced by her Chinese heritage. Working across a range of two-dimensional media, from drawing, painting, muralism and mixed media, she uses her bold and contrasting style to amplify her cultural identity. Her interpretations of multiculturalism through combinations of Western art and Eastern aesthetics play a pivotal role in inspiring her art.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.