The "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" International Art Exhibition: Introduction and List of Works (Images)

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(Clearwisdom.net) The "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" International Art Exhibition consists of five sections: "Enlightenment," "The Beauty of Cultivation," "Uncompromising Courage," "Calling for Justice," and "Justice Prevails." The exhibition displays the beauty of Falun Gong cultivation practice and the uncompromising spirit of the many Dafa disciples who, with merciful compassion, are clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings during the more-than-five-year brutal persecution of Dafa. The exhibition also exposes the fact that Jiang Zemin's faction colludes with the Chinese Communist Party to violently persecute Falun Gong. It also reveals that "good and evil will receive due karmic retribution," an irreversible universal principle.

The "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" International Art Exhibition includes all the works in the "Uncompromising Spirit" art exhibition, which mainly depicts the Jiang regime's persecution of Falun Gong. This exhibition has been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, Indonesia and Korea. Some viewers told us that the paintings immediately helped them understand certain issues that were difficult to understand with words, including issues that practitioners had talked about but which had not aroused people's attention. This kind of comprehensive visual information directly touches people's hearts and awakens people's conscience and goodwill. It also effectively shocks the evil in different dimensions. The exhibition is a powerful weapon to completely deny the old force's arrangement in the cultural domain. It is an effective way to expose their deceit and lies. The first "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" International Art Exhibition was held in Boston last December. Among the works displayed, "War Between the Righteous and the Evil," "Vows," "Sound of Fa Drums" and "Pure Lotus," were exhibited for the first time.

It is precisely the deep inner meaning of Fa-rectification expressed in the artworks and the excellent skill of the artists that make the art exhibition so inspiring. Therefore, whenever the artworks are exhibited, a chain-reaction is created whereby surrounding venues successively send requests to hold the same exhibition. Art has its special power in clarifying the truth. We hope that more countries and regions will actively participate in this project and allow the "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" International Art Exhibition to flourish everywhere, with even more success.

 

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Section I: Enlightenment

1

The Great Law Rectifies the Cosmos
Zhengping Chen
Chinese Painting
122 in. x 52 in.
(2004)

The Lord of Buddhas sits on a Lotus flower platform in a heavenly wagon pulled by five golden dragons. He spins the great Falun (Law wheel) with a majestic imposing gesture and leads the Gods to create the new universe and save immeasurable sentient beings. The scene is enormous and powerful.

2

Buddha
Kunlun Zhang
Sculpture
(2004)

This imposing statue of a merciful Buddha expresses the artist's highest respect to the Lord of Buddhas.

3

Fulfilling Vows
Xiaoping Chen, Xiqiang Dong, & Tingyin Shi
Oil on Canvas
79 in. x 47 in.
(2003)

Numerous divine beings descend from heaven to the human world to fulfill their vows. The Falun (Law wheel) hangs high and the characters look dignified, auspicious, and peaceful.

Section II: The Beauty of Cultivation

4

Assimilation
Kathy Gillis
Oil on Canvas
32 in. x 57.5 in.
(2004)

The brother and sister in this painting are reading Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa teachings. The spinning, red light above is an expression of the book's enriching teachings. Zhuan Falun has been translated into more than twenty languages.

5

In Harmony
Xiaoping Chen
Oil on Canvas
47 in. x 69 in.
(2004)

The artist was inspired by the situation of, "three flowers gathering above the head" which was described in book, Zhuan Falun. It is an extraordinarily wonderful phenomenon manifested in other dimensions when cultivators reach a certain level in their cultivation. Taking the blue sky and the sea as the background, the painting shows that heaven, earth and the practitioner are integrated into one body.

6

Pure Lotus
Zhengping Chen
Chinese Painting
(2004)

The woman in this painting practices the sitting meditation, the fifth exercise of Falun Gong. Lotus flowers blooming around her indicate the purifying effect of the meditation on both mind and body.

Section III: Uncompromising Courage

7

Red Wall
Kunlun Zhang
Oil on Canvas
36 in. x 48 in.
(2004)

"Red Wall" symbolizes that the Chinese Communist Party's dictatorship turns the entire country of China into a prison. The huge Chinese characters "ղѹ" (meaning "suppression") construct the terrible, gloomy, oppressive and bloody red wall, behind which, Falun Gong practitioners are suffering cruel tortures. However, they do not succumb, and instead, their unyielding spirit shines forth. The angel above is attentively looking at what is happening on the earth. The red wall is already cracked and the wall base is about to collapse, which symbolizes that the suppression is doomed to be defeated.

8

Unwavering Spirit
Chongqi Yao
Oil on Canvas
48 in. x 36 in.
(2004)

This painting is based on a true story as reported by Ian Johnson, a reporter from The Wall Street Journal. In the article, he wrote, "The day before Chen Zixiu died, her captors again demanded that she renounce her faith in Falun Dafa. Barely conscious after repeated jolts from a cattle prod, the 58-year-old stubbornly shook her head. Enraged, the local officials ordered Ms. Chen to run barefoot in the snow. Two days of torture had left her legs bruised and her short black hair matted with pus and blood, said cellmates and other prisoners who witnessed the incident. She crawled outside, vomited and collapsed. She never regained consciousness, and died on Feb. 21."

9

Smoke and Ash
Zhiping Wang
Pastel on Paper
39 in. x 27.5 in.
(2004)

Burning practitioners with red-hot objects is one of hundreds of torture methods used against Falun Gong practitioners who refuse to give up their beliefs. The vicious police use cigarettes to burn victims' faces, sensitive areas of their bodies and even their private parts. This form of torture includes using cigarette lighters to burn practitioners' faces (even to burn their eyebrows off), their chins, hands, thighs, or private parts.

At other times, specially-made iron bars are heated in burning charcoal until they become red-hot. They are then used to burn practitioners' chests and thighs.

10

Tiger Bench
Zhiping Wang
Pastel on Paper
39 in. x 27.5 in.
(2004)

This work depicts a common torture method used to inflict severe, prolonged pain. Bricks are stacked beneath the feet of the practitioner while ropes tying the legs down are pulled taut, bringing the legs to the point of breaking. The artist has given both men an ethereal halo - one bright, one dark and ghostly. The stark difference suggests what might be awaiting both men after this lifetime, based on the choices they have made.

Other tortures are often used on the victim at the same time, including shocking the victim with electric batons, restraining the hands behind the back with handcuffs, and so on.

11

Torture of a Woman
Zhiping Wang
Pastel on Paper
39 in. x 27.5 in.
(2004)

Accounts by female prisoners of conscience who have lived through torture in Chinese detention centers detail horrendous physical and sexual torture not only by prison guards, but at the hands of prison inmates as well. It has been reported that some women who practice Falun Gong have been stripped naked and locked into male prison cells.

12

Abuse
Zhiping Wang
Pastel on Paper
37 in. x 25.5 in.
(2004)

The scene in this painting is based on a true story: On February 14, 2002, 40 western Falun Gong practitioners from across the world traveled to Beijing, China to peacefully appeal to the Chinese government to stop its persecution of Falun Gong. They unfurled a large yellow banner on Tiananmen Square and shouted, "Falun Dafa is great!" The practitioners were immediately arrested by the Chinese authorities. A western woman practitioner was arrested and physically abused by police, and then was expelled from China.

13

Like a Stone
Zhiping Wang
Pastel on Paper
39 in. x 27.5 in.
(2004)

With this torture, the police use a screwdriver or other sharp object to stab the back of practitioners' hands, attempting to force them to give up their belief in Falun Dafa. The victim will bleed profusely and often pass out due to the excruciating pain.

Such torture is extremely brutal. Other similar means include: nailing bamboo spikes into practitioners' fingers, hitting practitioners' hands with hard-soled shoes, hammering practitioners' hands with a hammer or drilling into practitioners' hands with an electric drill.

14

Force Feeding
Weixing Wang
Oil on Canvas
22 in. x 30 in.
(2004)

Once in jail and subjected to brutal torture, brainwashing and forced labor, Falun Gong practitioners have no means of appeal other than a hunger strike. Prison guards often use force-feeding as a form of torture. During force feedings, the guards restrain the victim and pry open the mouth with metal clamps. They then force a coarse rubber tube down the esophagus or insert a tube through the nostrils. They pour in substances such as a mixture of water and cornmeal, concentrated salt solutions, hot chili paste and even human excretory waste. The intention is to inflict pain so as to break the will. Such torture is extremely painful and is the most common cause of death of practitioners in detention.

15

Inhumane
Xiaoping Chen
Oil on Canvas
22 in. x 30 in.
(2004)

In order to coerce Falun Gong a practitioner to give in and renounce his belief, prison guards are submerging a man's head into a bucket of human feces. One of the guards covers his own nose because of the odor. A pregnant female Falun Gong practitioner has been hung up in the background. The artist said, "This painting is based upon true stories. In the persecution of women practitioners, hanging up is a common form of torture. I'm really unable to depict. those extremely shameless and cruel torture methods."

16

Psychiatric Abuse
Xiaoping Chen
Oil on Canvas
40 in. x 30 in.
(2004)

To turn public opinion against Falun Gong, China's state-run media disseminates false propaganda that claims people who practice Falun Gong will turn psychotic. The policemen in this picture inject psychotropic drugs into the woman because she refuses to give up her belief. The drugs often cause slurred speech, paralysis or even death. China's renowned painter Qi Baishi's granddaughter, nearly-70-year-old Ms. Qi Bingshu is being held in a psychiatric hospital simply because she refuses to give up her practice of Falun Gong. The kindness of the young lady in the picture strongly contrasts with the brutality of the vicious police. Although she is physically tortured, her heart is longing for wonderfulness. In the beam of light, there are two angel-like infants, one of whom holds a crown, extolling her unyielding spirit.

17

Unmovable
Amy Fan
Chinese Painting
34 in. x 55 in.
(2004)

This painting, in traditional Chinese style, shows a woman in meditation, unmoved by police who are trying to arrest her. Angels are trying to restrain the policemen. The artist paints from personal experience, having endured firsthand the violence of the persecution. She was detained several times before she was finally able to escape from China.

18

Group Torture
Zhiping Wang
Pastel on Paper
22 in. x 22 in.
(2004)

The men torturing this young woman are Chinese prison guards and prison inmates, working in concert. The extreme weight on her lower abdomen severely inhibits the practitioner's breathing and can result in paralysis. This is a common form of torture used to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their belief. All kinds of tortures are for the same purpose, namely forcing practitioners to give up their practice and to write the so-called
"Three Statements" that betray the soul and are stipulated by the Chinese Communist Party. The
"Three Statements" include the "statement to guarantee not to practice Falun Gong any more," the "statement to renounce Falun Gong" and the "statement to attack and expose Falun Gong."

19

Relentless
Zhiping Wang
Pastel on Paper
22 in. x 30 in.
(2004)

Hanging up is a common form of torture used to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their belief. While being hung up, victims are often beaten with stick or leather whip. Long period of hanging up often results in both arms being disabled.

20

A Tragedy in China
Yuan Li
Oil on Canvas
46 in. x 36 in.
(2004)

A wife weeps beside her husband, who has been tortured to death at a brainwashing center. He holds in his hand a document that the authorities tried to force him to sign, a pledge that defames Falun Gong. Brainwashing is also a common form of torture used against Falun Gong practitioners. The husband was murdered because he refused to "be transformed." The artist use exquisite technique of contrast to create depth, which makes people feel as if they were present on the scene.

21

"Cage"
Kunlun Zhang
Sculpture
(2004)

This is a common form of torture used against Falun Gong practitioners who refuse to give up their practice. While being detained, almost all Falun Gong practitioners are forced to squat on their heels or on tiny stools with ridges on them day and night without being allowed to move or speak. The prison guards or criminal inmates constantly monitor practitioners. The long-term squatting and sitting often results in practitioners' buttocks becoming bloody and festered.

22

Come Back Daddy
Weixing Wang
Oil on Canvas
22 in. x 30 in.
(2004)

This painting is based on a true story of a mother and daughter. The young girl, Fadu, holds a commemorative picture of her father, Chen Chengyong, who died from torture because of his practice of Falun Gong. Fadu and her mother, Zizheng Dai, now live in Australia. In more than two years, the mother and daughter have traveled to nearly 40 countries to call upon people to help stop this persecution which has brought tragedy to countless families.

23

Why?
Weixing Wang
Oil on Canvas
52 in. x 68.5 in.
(2004)

This painting is based on a true story. A mother and son were arrested in China simply because they practice Falun Gong. After being beaten, the boy held back his tears asking: Why? Why did the policemen beat my mom and me?

24

Homeless
Daci Shen
Oil on Canvas
36 in. x 48 in.
(2003)

This painting depicts a scene in which a little girl comes home from school only to find her parents gone. The two pieces of white paper on the door are official notices stating that the house has been condemned by the 610 Office, a Gestapo-like organization set up specifically to target Falun Gong. The red paper on the door reads, "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance." The little girl has suddenly become homeless.

25


Golden Lotus
Daci Chen
Oil on Canvas
69 in. x 43 in.
(2004)

The inspiration for this painting came from a true story that has raised an international outcry. A young mother named Lixuan Wang and her 7-month-old son were both tortured to death after they were arrested for practicing Falun Gong. Autopsy reports revealed that the baby had been hung upside down and his skull had been crushed. In the picture, Lixuan Wang and her son rest peacefully on the ground, where golden lotus flowers blossom.

26

Memorial
Chongqi Yao
Oil on Canvas
110 in. x 42 in.
(2004)

This painting is in remembrance of some of the more than 1,200 Falun Gong practitioners who are known to have died under the brutal repression. The artist said, "I painted the faces of 280 practitioners to let more people see these good people and to help stop this persecution. Look at how happy they were! They were all very good people in society. Whenever I think of them, I cannot hold back my tears... you know, some of them were only seventeen or eighteen years old when they were tortured to death."

Section IV: Calling for Justice

27

Messenger
Xiqiang Dong
Oil on Canvas
48 in. x 36 in.
(2004)

On an early morning, a young woman places a message, "Falun Dafa is Good" (red Chinese characters in the painting) on a wall. All the media in China are controlled by the government and spread propaganda to create hatred towards Falun Gong. Over the past five years, practitioners risk great danger to deliver truth-clarifying materials to millions of homes. As a consequence, many practitioners have been arrested, imprisoned, tortured and even beaten to death.

28

Banner
Xiqiang Dong
Oil on Canvas
48 in. x 36 in.
(2004)

The young woman is sewing a banner with the words, "Falun Dafa is Good," in both Chinese and English. The child is quietly listening to the Falun Dafa lecture by her side. The peaceful scene is a portrait of Falun Gong practitioners' daily life.

29

Lotus Candle
Xiaoping Chen
Oil on Canvas
40 in. x 39.5 in.
(2004)

Numerous candlelight vigils have been held around the world to remember Falun Gong practitioners who have died from torture. The lotus flower is a symbol of enduring beauty and purity in Chinese culture. Since 1999, when the Chinese Communist Part started suppressing Falun Gong, each July, practitioners hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC to commemorate the Falun Gong practitioners who have died for upholding the truth. The composition of this picture is traditional, namely, the character is put in the center, so as to express a sense of dignity and sacredness. The lotus lamps seem to be alive: they are moving and recounting... The gentle and warm light shines over the girl's pure and solemn face, which manifests a sense of persevering strength in the peaceful scene. She holds in her hands a lotus candle, which represents the precious heart presented by Dafa disciples to the world. The lotus candle illuminates the world. The lotus candles in the background represent hundreds of thousands of Dafa disciples. The cruel torture depicted in the lower part of the image is to help people understand that she is commemorating fellow practitioners who died from the persecution. Falun Gong practitioners risk their lives to unfurl a banner with the words, "Truth-Compassion-Forbearance." The banner also shines, just like a lamp, bringing light and hope in the darkness.

30

Coming for You
Yixiu Zhou, Xiaping Chen
Oil on Canvas
51 in. x 64 in.
(2004)

This painting is inspired by a photograph taken of thirty-three practitioners of Falun Gong from all over the world who coordinated a peaceful appeal to the Chinese Government on Tiananmen Square on November 20, 2001. Risking their lives, the Western Falun Gong practitioners from 13 countries traveled thousands of miles to Tiananmen Square, and unfurled a banner with words in both Chinese and English, reading, "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." This event has moved the entire world. The painting is a portrait of that moment. Moments after the photograph was taken, the practitioners were thrown into police vans, many were beaten and then all were expelled from China. In the picture, golden light shines everywhere. In both heaven and earth, all attention is focused on this historic moment.

31

Calling for Justice
Xiqiang Dong
Oil on Canvas
48 in. x 36 in.
(2004)

This painting depicts a scene that can be seen in front of Chinese embassies and consulates all around the world over the past more than five years. The practitioners silently tell people that Falun Dafa is great. The women in this picture practice their meditation in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., calling for Jiang Zemin to be brought to justice for his genocide against Falun Gong. These women go to appeal there every day, rain or shine.

32

"SOS"
Yanying Wang
Chinese Painting
(2003)

In this Chinese-style landscape painting, walking through the mountains are men and women taking part in a human rights "SOS" campaign that has been carried out around the world to raise awareness about the genocide of Falun Gong in China. Gods in heaven are also paying attention to Dafa disciples' magnificent actions.

33


Uncompromised Courage
Kathy Gillis
Oil on Canvas
32 in. x 57.5 in.
(2004)

This painting was based on the true story of Mr. Liu Chengjun. Liu Chengjun was a Falun Gong practitioner from Northern China. In March 2002, he was sentenced to 19 years in prison for his involvement in broadcasting programs that exposed the brutality of the persecution against Falun Gong on Chinese television. After 21 months in prison, he was tortured to death. Demonic and monster-like images on the floor represent the horrors he endured while in detention. He is bathed in warm, golden light that represents a resilient faith.

34

Righteous Actions
Ruizhen Gu
Chinese Painting
23.5 in. x 6.5 in.
(2003)

This traditional Chinese painting depicts a scene in a moonlit night in a small village, where a grandmother and her grandchild post messages that tell the truth about the persecution against Falun Gong to their neighbors. The disc-like objects in the sky are Falun, the symbol of Falun Gong.

35

A Spring Morning in a Town
Ruizhen Gu
Chinese Painting
23.5 in. x 6.5 in.
(2003)

The traditional Chinese painting depicts a spring morning in a town when people wake up to find the walls posted with signs about Falun Gong. The people read them intently, seeing through the Chinese government's anti-Falun Gong propaganda.

36

Waist Drum
Xiaoping Chen
Color Pencil on Paper
32.5 in. x 41 in.
(2003)

In many major cities around the world, people who practice Falun Gong participate in parades to celebrate traditional Chinese culture. The artist has drawn celestial beings playing amidst the clouds, echoing the unified drumbeat from below.

Part V: Good and Evil Receive Due Retribution

37

A Battle Between Good and Evil
Zhiping Wang
Oil on Canvas
66 in. x 79 in.
(2003)

The man and woman in the forefront hold signs that read, "Truth, Compassion, Forbearance," and "The Law rectifies the universe." The spirits of the plainclothes policemen bow before their victims, suggesting that the police have been deluded by the Chinese government authorities into carrying out orders against their own conscience. Countless Falun Gong practitioners have been to Tiananmen Square to unfurl banners to express their belief and wishes. Those police officers wantonly beat, arrest and even murder practitioners. The depiction of the characters and scene in the painting all originated from actual photographic records. A war is playing out between the righteous and the evil. In heaven, immortal beings are clearing away the evil beings.

38

The Heavens Speak
Kathy Gillis
Oil on Canvas
32 in. x 57.5 in.
(2004)

This painting illustrates the artist's personal experience. When China's former leader, Jiang Zemin, visited Houston, Texas in October 2002, thousands of people who practice Falun Gong went there to appeal for an end to the persecution. During their appeal, practitioners withstood several days of severe cold weather and heavy rains. The practitioners refused to be affected by the weather and stood their ground. Finally, the storm cleared and a huge rainbow appeared in the sky. This painting captures that moment.

39

Peoples' Tribunal
Kathy Gillis
Oil on Canvas
32 in. x 57.5 in.
(2004)

This painting depicts a public mock tribunal held in Ottawa, Canada in which China's former leader, Jiang Zemin, was tried and convicted for genocide of Falun Gong and crimes against humanity. Those wearing yellow shirts are Falun Gong practitioners. Divine beings in the heaven compassionately watch this scene. The "Court of Morality" is to tell history and the future that the judicatory is a tool to uphold justice, to suppress the bad and to commend the good. The persecution against "Truth-Compassion-Forbearance" is trampling the morality and conscience of all human beings. More than a dozen actual lawsuits have been filed around the world by victims of Jiang's persecution of Falun Gong.

40

Justice
Weixing Wang
Oil on Canvas
52 in. x 68.5 in.
(2003)

Heavenly beings look on as the representative of evil is extinguished. This work reflects an understanding that evil actions will result in retribution in higher realms.

41

Positioning
Kunlun Zhang
Oil on Canvas
67 in. x 117 in.
(2003)

This painting captures multiple images of peaceful appeals to the Chinese government on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Falun Gong practitioners carry signs that read "Falun Dafa is Good" while policemen and plain-clothed guards violently arrest them. Heavenly beings from Eastern and Western traditions are represented as they look on. The deviated immortal beings in the higher levels of the cosmos enter the gate of No-life because they manipulate the bad people in the lowest level to persecute Dafa practitioners. The steadfast practitioners will replace them in their original positions. The real lives of the vicious police and all beings who carry out the evil deeds have in fact fallen into the hell. This picture shows that in the cosmos' momentous change, all beings will reposition themselves. It is heaven's law that "good deeds will be rewarded with good, while bad deeds will receive retribution."

Art of Truth Compassion Forbearance