The world of Visual Arts and the creativity of Shan Jiang, an eclectic illustrator from China: of himself he says only “Behind everything beautiful lies some kind of suffering”…
Shan Jiang’s style has become synonymous with visual arts and fashion design, while the enviable list of his clients is surpassed only by his talent as an continually evolving illustrator.
Born in China, now a citizen of London, and a partner in the Shotopop design agency based in East London, Shan Jiang has shown no signs of slowing down or compromising his work as an illustrator, despite the profound distance – in a physical sense – from his native culture, which deeply influences his work in the field of visual arts.
A field that been enriched by the sheer creativity of this outstanding design creator and illustrator. Interviewed, he reveals very little directly about himself, reflecting the style of all his personal communication, as can be seen on his website. “I was born in China”, he says, “and studied in the Fine Art College in the University of Shanghai, my native city. Subsequently, I did an MA degree at the Edinburgh College of Art. Now I live in London. Ever since concluding my studies I’ve worked as an illustrator and visual artist in the Shotopop Art & Design Studio.”
In 2015, Shan Jiang created the illustration for the Fragranite Sink by Franke. How do his illustrations reflect the “Make it Wonderful” claim? And what was his source of inspiration?
“For me, the main focus was on flow and movement”, says the illustrator. “I tried to capture the instant in which everything is in movement. My greatest source of inspiration was water. If you look at my image from close up, you just see lines and dots. Only when you look from a distance do these start to show movement and flow.” Shan Jiang concludes by saying “This is an everyday experience, but I tried to concentrate on movement and flow, so that the everyday would become… wonderful.”