Zhangjiajie Junsheng Art Institute Ancestors of Tujia nationality have lived on this quartz sandstone land for thousands of years and no one has ever expected that there is a son of Tujia people, who changes the sleeping sand in the water or on the mountains for over ten thousand years into a new type of world recognized art- sandstone painting. Entering Li Junsheng and enjoying his sandstone paintings, you will find that it is always the nature and soul with the fragrance of soil that is the most beautiful.
Li Junsheng, born in 1963, grew up in a very poor peasant family and likes drawing particularly since childhood. At 17 years old, he dropped out school to herd cow for the rich people, then worked as a sewing worker and painter, which have laid a good foundation for his study on sandstone painting. In 1984, in order to realize his art dream, he ignored his family and friends strong opposition, took out all his savings and learned art at his own expense in the capital city Changsha. During the six-year studying period, to save the expensive cost of paint, he tried to use some cost-free materials to paint. One day, he found people like to spread color cobblestones on the wall when repairing houses and it's very pretty, which inspired his idea of painting with sandstone. At the beginning, the sandstone paintings he tried to draw were particularly simple in both design and color but can be sold out, and had been the main source of income in his six-year self-maintained school life, which is the origin of sandstone painting. When many reporters asked Li Junsheng about the legend of origin of sandstone painting, he always disappointed those who wanted to write stories.
Li Junsheng's sandstone paintings break through the using of traditional painting materials and use nature materials by making use of the hue of natural plant creatively, are of great art and collection values. He said, An exquisite work of art is free from the shackles of materials and techniques, but depends on the artist's inspiration.