Collector of Chinese Peasant Paintings: Grant Hou

Peasant Paintings – Collection of Grant Hou

Mr. Grant Hou and the exhibition of his peasant painting collection
Mr. Grant Hou and the exhibition of his peasant painting collection

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Many of the Chinese population are peasants. Chinese Peasant Painting or Chinese Folk Painting reflects both styles and scenes of the peasants’ lives in the vast countryside of China. 

Chinese Peasant Painting is both ancient and young. It is ancient because it originates from the thousand year traditions of embroidering, batik, paper cutting and wall painting. It is young because as a genre of painting it has emerged within the last thirty years with the help of trained artists. Peasant art is totally free of staleness and has a vigorous artistic impact that is strong, sincere and bold. Its exaggerated modeling, distortion and surrealistic style can give a feeling of truthfulness and naivete. The vivid color and composition are very imaginative and cheerfully decorative. The art posses the simplicity of people who live away from the complexity of big city life. Throughout China, there are more than forty so-called “Painting Villages.” These villages specialize in various forms and styles of folk art.

Mr. Grant Hou, an engineer by training, is an expert on Chinese Peasant Paintings.  As a collector, he owns hundreds of rare and award-wining peasant paintings from China.  In 2003, he exhibited his collection at the Asian Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon, USA, for 1 month.  The show was well-received and more collectors attended the event and shared their experience and collections.


Sample of some of peasant paintings in the show:

Title:Vegetable Basket Artist: Zhu Yongin 1st Award of National Contest of Peasant Painting and Calligraphy in 1996 Medium: Gouache Size: 21x21 inches
Title:Vegetable Basket Artist: Zhu Yongin
1st Award of National Contest of Peasant Painting and Calligraphy in 1996
Medium: Gouache, Size: 21×21 inches
Title: Dressmaker's shop Medium: Gouache Size:21x21 inches
Title: Dressmaker’s shop
Medium: Gouache, Size:21×21 inches
Title: The Great Wall Medium: Gouache Size: 15x15 inches
Title: The Great Wall,  Medium: Gouache,  Size: 15×15 inches
Title: Little Pond Medium: Gouache Size: 14x14 Inches
Title: Little Pond,  Medium: Gouache,  Size: 14×14 Inches
Title: Celebration in the Snow Medium: Gouache Size: 14x14 inches
Title: Celebration in the Snow
Medium: Gouache. Size: 14×14 inches

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