新唐人电视台举办的全世界人物写实油画大赛确实起到了互相交流提高的作用。如有一位画家虽未接受美术学院的教育，但在参加本项大赛的过程中虚心学习，在名家的专业指导之下，不断提高，潜心创作，连续两届获得金奖；在2014年获得了本项大赛最高奖项的一位画家，在中国最权威的中央美术学院附中部学了四年，大学部学了五年，可是他说这九年中在创作上什么也没学到，而是在参加本大赛的过程中学会了创作。 还有一位其作品曾在世界各地很多博物馆展出、并有多件作品被收藏的现代派画家，他用写实技法创作了一幅表达现代变异观念的作品来参赛，但是没有获奖。经过交流，他心悦诚服的改变了观念，并立起大拇指说：“你们办这样大赛的举动太伟大了！理念太好了！我也要回归传统，我下一个展览的名称就改为“回归”。”他特意买了两本大赛的画册，说是要放到他的画展上，并请我提供建议。我说：“你是真正的艺术家！ ”
Words from Chief Judge
Cherishing Predestined Relationships
Different understandings of art history lead to different forms of
artistic expression, as well as interpretation and evaluation of what
makes genuine fine art. A simple metaphor to describe this would be: A
fly finds pleasure merely playing in waste; the tortoise and hare can
only race on land while the eagle has free rein in the sky; the dragon
is capable of turning the sea; and the caregiving of all living things
is the eternal gratification of Gods and Buddhas.
Following the Universe’s law of creation, stasis, degeneration, and
destruction, the traditional moral values that God left for humanity
have, in the field of artistic creation, as well as in society at large,
been all but lost. Art has always served as the weather vane and
thermometer of human society. As human morality has declined, art has
mutated along with it.
In the march of history, and the steady decline in the chaotic tangle of
human depravity, the undercurrent of human artistic expression has
become what it is. All that is left from the previous eras of artistic
glory are a few of the original techniques.
Without the artistic techniques created and perfected by generations of
masters of the arts, there would be no genuine art to speak of. But
looking at the fine art created today, how many pieces can be found that
are both profound in content and meaning as well as perfect in technique
and form? How many can be regarded as true, sacred artistic creations?
In the book, “The Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World", published
by The Epoch Times, there is a most frightening reality spelled out. The
book explains how communism and the evil specter driving it have mutated
the aesthetic taste of human beings and suppressed the wisdom and
spirituality of artists, as well as of society at large.
Authentic artists are truly good-minded, yet they have been swept up by
the current of modern consciousness and have lost the will to create
true masterpieces with the upright moral inspiration and techniques that
once existed. The degeneration of art, as well as the moral climate in
general, far exceeds that of any other period of time throughout the
history of human civilization.
However, trends, whether material or ethereal, tend to reverse when
reaching the extreme. In these times when humankind dances with
destruction, Buddhas, Daos, and Gods are ultimately in control and human
life is in their hands. It is they who provide opportunities for mankind
to alter its course and save themselves from destruction.
The incomparably compassionate Creator has already come to the world to
spread the law of universe. While he is rectifying the law of universe, he is
also caring for the predestined people in the field of the arts.
In view of that understanding, NTD Television, a global multi language
broadcasting company, has taken the initiative to invite exceptional oil
painters from all over the world to compete in their realistic oil
The intent of this competition is to inspire artists to produce works of
exceptional quality in both technique and content. The ultimate outcome
is the creating of a bridge, to a path of return to higher moral values
and eternal prosperity for humankind, expressed through the medium of
This competition is an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate your
talent to a wide audience while helping forge the path back to true,
authentic fine art as developed and created by the great Masters of the
To identify with the goal of this contest is truly remarkable in this
era of declined morals and degenerate art. To enter your work and be
selected as a finalist is a magnificent achievement for an artist
seeking to perfect their technique and show their work on an
The NTD international figure competition, and the inspiration behind it,
are a significant contribution in providing humanity with a platform to
regain its upright moral footing, both in the arts and society.
NTD is hosting this art competition in order to forge a path back to
truly fine art. NTD is encouraging all the participants to produce works
that are truly inspiring. Not only in technique, but in content that is
in concert with traditional concepts of human life and its relationship
with the divine.
By participating in this endeavour, you are part of a groundbreaking
effort to pave a path for humankind to return to the heavenly principles
of truth, compassion, and endurance that have repeatedly triumphed over
the decay of moral values and sustained the course of human history to
this day. Being able to accept this challenge is, in itself, a truly
This is the fifth NTD figure painting competition. From 258 contestants
from 46 countries, 402 works of art were entered. Of those, 88
contestants and 104 artistic works made it past the qualifying round.
I want to thank NTD Television for hosting the competition and I want
to thank and congratulate the painters who have submitted their work.
I regret that some of you were not selected as finalists in the
competition; the good news is, you have already embarked on the road of
returning art to its righteous path.
I look forward to your winnings in the next and future competitions.
I firmly believe that you will make brilliant achievements, because you
are committed to creating true fine art. As artists with a passion for
inspiring humanity towards goodness in your works, you will be helping
NTD bring back the true purpose of humanity’s fine art tradition.
The Creator has told us: “The reason Gods passed the arts on to human
beings was to enable humans to express the goodness and beauty that
mankind upholds”, as well as “in your artwork you should display what’s
beautiful, what’s upright, what’s pure, what’s good, and what’s bright
and positive.”, and “Gods are protecting mankind, and when human beings
do good things, it will result in good things for them.”
Here, I will disclose a great heavenly secret. The painters who are able
to come here today have great predestined relationships. Some people
want to come, but are unable to due to various disturbances and reasons.
We all come from the most beautiful heaven carrying our missions.
Another heavenly secret – a person’s primordial spirit does not perish.
It’s only that in your life’s numerous reincarnations, the dust has been
layered on too thick, and you have forgotten your own memories. Today we
have to follow the righteous path of artistic creation and through
continuing to do good things, return to our old home.
Within art there are different levels, different personalities, and
different realms, which compose different understandings of art. Art is
the outward expression of an artist’s inner world.
If you want to create a magnificent piece of art, you have to beautify
your inner world. As the saying goes, chicken innards can’t give birth
to a phoenix. Only by becoming a phoenix can you give birth to one. The
process of cleansing oneself is one of constantly assimilating to the
higher characteristics of the universe. It is a continuous process of
wisdom and enlightenment. It is synonymous with being “in the Tao
without cultivating the Tao."
A poem states: “The flow of wisdom is one of purification. The
master climbs the ladder to heaven.”
In fact, it is the process of continuously removing the bad
thoughts of human beings, and returning to one’s original
heavenly home. At the same time, there is the law of “no loss, no gain”
and “good is rewarded and evil is punished” in the universe. Some people
say that art is the lubricant and accelerator for the rise and fall of
society. The artist is the engineer of the human soul. When you
create a series of good works and play a good role in human society,
isn’t this a great virtue? One’s virtue is as high as one’s
character. However much virtue you accumulate is how much glory
you will enjoy. Lives in the universe have hierarchies, and you will be
gods at different levels. Even if some painters are not satisfied with
their work, they will gain however much they put in. Their virtue will
be converted into blessings, such as becoming a big official or making a
fortune, in the next life. At the very least, you will not run with the
corrupted social atmosphere by creating tasteless works that endanger
humans and create karma. From this perspective, aren’t you not only
creating a glorious period for human art, but also paving the way for
your life’s eternal happiness?
As to what kind of standards the future world will set for art and
for artists, there is already zero doubt. Moreover, the worldwide
realistic oil painting competition held by NTD Television
has indeed played the role of sparking mutual dialogue and improvement.
For example, one artist never attended a fine arts academy, but won the
gold prize for two consecutive competitions. Another painter said that he
attended the authoritative Central Academy of Fine Arts in China,
with four years in the auxiliary department and five years in the
university department. However, he didn’t learn anything about artistic
creation, which he learned in the process of participating in this
competition. He won the competition’s highest award in 2014. The
awarding of the competition is fair by principle, because the
exhibitions are held openly, and the competition albums are preserved to
be gauged at any time. As another example, there was an artist whose
works have been exhibited in art museums around the world, and many of
his works have been collected. As he entered our competition as a famous
modern artist using realism techniques to express deviated modern
notions, we didn’t give him an award. After communicating with him, he
changed his mind with great conviction. He said while holding a thumbs
up, “Your motive for holding this competition is so great! The
philosophy is excellent!” He also wanted to return to tradition. The
name of his next solo exhibition was changed to “return", and he also
bought two albums from the competition which he said he would place in
his exhibition. He asked me to say a few words to him. I said, “You are
a true artist!"
Many artists have given a lot of positive feedback. They very much
agree with the philosophy of the competition. In the previous
competition, a painter pointed to the foreword of the competition,
saying that he had already carefully read it four times, but still wants
to read it. Some people with strong experiences said that New Tang
Dynasty’s worldwide realistic oil painting competition is like a
lighthouse, in the sea of the night, gathering artists with similar
ideals; others have said that in the process of participating in the
contest, the light in their hearts brightened.
Below are two poems on the topic of artistic creation to share with
Techniques must be refined and pure
Great art needs good people.
A drive reaching heaven
Don’t be an ordinary artisan, be a great god.
Cultivate oneself to be pure and upright, optimistic and compassionate
From the minuscule to the vast
Broad thoughts reaching high, far, and deep
Beautiful, wondrous, and new
Anointing the head with the finest cream, the opening of hearts and
Once viewed, drunk in harmony, and a soul reconstructed
Exuberant and excelling, all heavenly works
Here’s a few more lines to share with those with exceptionally good
inborn quality and predestined relationships.
Righteous Cultivation, the springs and caves of wisdom opened
A pure and beautiful heart, heavenly works and divine light
Scattering golden light saving the world’s people
Carrying acclaim back to the heavenly celestial paradise
Since I cherish our predestined relationship to be with each other, I
wanted to share with everyone words from the bottom of my heart. Let’s
work together to create even more beautiful everlasting fine art!
Thank you all!
NTD Television International Figure Painting Competition