Jian Ming, also known as Jimmy He, was born in 1949, in Zhenghai, Zhejiang province. He showed an early interest in painting and was mentored by the acclaimed Chinese oil painter Professor Jun De Chen. His early influences were inspired by the works of Cezanne and Van Gough as well traditional art such as the wall paintings from the Yongle Palace. His interest in the Chinese calligraphy characters is evident in his work, as the rich traditions of Chinese brushwork and ink painting that he draws upon reveal an expression of deep spiritual concerns and beliefs. He moved to Tasmania in 1998, maintaining a determined commitment to making art and continued with exhibitions of oil paintings in Hong Kong at the Wang Fun Art Gallery and in Hobart, Tasmania at the Salamanca Art Center and in Melbourne at the 241 Art Gallery.
Jian Ming paints abstract expressionistic landscape that reveal the inner beauty of the spiritual landscape of Tasmania. His recent paintings reveal a strong influence of style of Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning as he does not conform to the constraints of traditional Chinese pictorialism. He explores the very essence of painting landscapes, deriving pleasure in the sense of place and in the landscape itself through the act of inscribing it into what appears calligraphic characters from the Oracle Bone Script and the Cursive or Grass scripts (Tang Dynasty). Jian Ming’s oil paintings reveal a deeply sensuous communication with the landscape whilst signifying the fundamental significance of the environment to our survival and our future. Drawing on memories and language from a different tradition of place, he gives new understandings of Australian landscape as being fluid and spiritual, unfolding phenomenologically as thinking paintings that speak directly with the landscape.