Extract from chi art painting, "Mountains Linked Like Pearls" by Chi-Jen Liu

"Art can helpus remember our dreams and goals.
It frees our think­ing;   it gives us un­li­mi­ted ima­gi­na­tion and visions."

~Chi-Jen Liu,
Artist and Founder of Grand View Feng Shui

Chi Art is created with the understanding that symbols have a powerful effect on our whole well-being and the life that we create. Inspired by dreams, life experiences, and ancestral wisdom, Chi-Jen Liu paints Chi Art to communicate the messages of symbols that exist in the multiple dimensions around us. In doing so, he opens our minds to the secrets of the universe.

Symbolism is an integral part of Chinese culture. This is clearly seen in the Chinese language in which the characters are iconographs and homophones are prevalent. With a language that communicates through pictures and double meanings, it is no wonder symbolism is ingrained in Chinese art, architecture, and poetry.

Extract from chi art painting, "Dreams Come True" by Chi-Jen LiuExtract from chi art painting, "Sacred Bamboo Forest" by Chi-Jen LiuExtract from chi art painting, "Home of Longevity" by Chi-Jen Liu

Symbols impact our subconscious mind. They invoke memories from our past and stimulate our present experiences. Since our subconscious mind controls 95% of our behavior and decisions, it is vital to be aware of the symbols around us and their potential impact on our circumstances.

Symbols do not necessarily have to be physical. Sound, smell, and color are frequencies that can be associated with certain symbolic ideas as well, which is why there are songs, fragrances, and hues that are happy, sad, exciting, soothing, or arousing. Even experiencing feelings or dreams in a certain place or with a certain person are symbolic; they have a subconscious significance that affects us in our conscious life.

One of the most popular symbols used in feng shui is the fish. For most people, the fish is just a fish. For the Chinese, the image of a fish conjures up the Chinese word "yu," which is the homophone for “abundance.” This is so culturally rooted in generations of memory that the fish is literally imbued with the power to attract prosperity.

Extract from chi art painting, "Dolphins and Turtles" by Chi-Jen LiuExtract from chi art painting, "Golden Rolling Coins" by Chi-Jen LiuExtract from chi art painting, "Mountains Linked Like Pearls" by Chi-Jen Liu

There are geographic symbols as well. The shape, color, and orientation of a mountain are symbolic of the type of energy it possesses and how it can affect us. When there are green rolling hills behind our home, a lush, stable earth energy promotes us. However, if there is a cliff or jagged mountain behind our home, it promotes the opposite energy. To ameliorate the negative impact in the latter situation, Chi-Jen Liu painted the Chi Art, “Mountains Linked Like Pearls” in which the Five Elements are symbolized by mountain forms to balance energies and provide support.

Numerology is often used as symbolism. Numbers are associated with the eight cardinal compass directions, personal gua numbers, the Yi-Jing, the Nine Stars, and the Five Elements. Thus, in Chi Art, the number of items depicted is thoughtfully selected to convey positive meaning. Even the number of strokes in a Chinese character is considered.

By empowering us with symbolic knowledge, Chi-Jen Liu bridges gaps in our perceptions and transforms our lives with his paintings.

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