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 Jin G Kam  (1953 - )

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Lived/Active: California / China      Known for: music inspired painting, jazz artist figures and portraits

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Biography from SIGFine Art-Dorog Gallery:
Jin G. Kam's painting images encompasses his admiration and personal connection to music.  His color combinations united with bold dancing brushstrokes are intended to evoke elation, melancholy, and passionate response.  His goal In his paintings is to reveal to the viewer a deeper understanding of the subjects' soul.

Born in Shanghai, China in 1953, Jin G. Kam grew up in the midst of the social upheaval caused by the Cultural Revolution.  It was a time of cultural oppression where the country was closed off to foreign influences.  Western arts and ideologies were strictly prohibited.  Despite these obstacles, Kam never gave up on his passion for art.

The 1976 death of Mao ended the Cultural Revolution. The prestigious Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou, known for teaching Western styles along with traditional Chinese painting methods, was reopened.  Kam's artistic talent earned him admission as one of only five students accepted out of 20,000 applicants. During this time, he immersed himself in the new music and contemporary art that was emerging from the West.  He discovered 20th Century American artists such as Morris Louis, Mark Rothko, Willem DeKooning, Jackson Pollack, and Yves Kline. The spectrum of colors bursting from the images created by these innovative artists mesmerized his eyes and inspired his mind to further explore the world of art.

After receiving his degree in fine arts, Kam was invited to teach at the Shanghai University of Fine Art.  Jin G. Kam immigrated to America to pursue his graduate studies at the United States International University, San Diego, California in 1989. It is in America where he delved into a deep exploration of the music of Jazz and the Blues.  The alluring nature of Jazz and the expressive quality of the Blues drew him into its grasp.  Jin G. Kam has created images of legendary jazz and blues artists such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

Jin G. Kam has participated in exhibitions across the United States, Europe, and Asia.  His works belong in several permanent collections such as the Steinway and Sons and the Charlie Parker Museum.  His artworks have brought special affiliations with the Miles Davis Estate, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, and the Leonard Bernstein Education Through the Arts Fund.

Kam has also been commissioned to paint a series of tributes to honor the memory of Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker and was a specially commissioned artist to honor Lena Horne to benefit the Society of Singers at Lincoln Center. 

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