Han Meilin: A look at the achievements of the famous Chinese artist

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The logo of China’s first national botanical garden, officially opened in Beijing on Monday, was created and designed by Han Meilin, an outstanding Chinese artist.

The logo of the National Botanical Garden of China was designed by Han Meilin. /CCTV News

The logo of the National Botanical Garden of China was designed by Han Meilin. /CCTV News

Han chose ginkgo and metasequoia, two unique and rare plants that best represent China, for the logo. They are believed to be the oldest extant tree species in the world and are considered “living fossils” of the plant kingdom.

The screenshot shows the design drafts of the National Botanical Garden of China logo. /CGTN

The screenshot shows the design drafts of the National Botanical Garden of China logo. /CGTN

The logo uses a balanced spiral line to form the main design. Outside the spiral structure is a “C” shaped line representing China. The composition is circular, representing the earth we live on.

The symbol reflects Han’s concern for the balance of nature and his vision of building an ecological civilization. If we protect plants, we protect ourselves and other life forms on earth, he believes.

Han Meilin was born in 1936 in Shandong Province, eastern China. During the almost 70 years of his creative career, the artist has achieved much in calligraphy, painting, ceramics, sculpture, design and other fields.

The screenshot shows some of Han Meilin’s artwork. /CGTN

The screenshot shows some of Han Meilin’s artwork. /CGTN

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games mascots “Fuwa”, the Air China emblem and animal zodiac stamps are among Han’s designs that have won praise at home and abroad.

In 2015, Han was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace. In Paris, he received the citation from Irina Bokova, then Director General of UNESCO, making him the first Chinese artist to receive this honor.

An exhibition featuring Han Meilin’s “The Sealed Book” dropped the curtains in March at the Palace Museum in Beijing.

Han has researched and recorded tens of thousands of ancient figures and symbols from bones, stone carvings, rock paintings, ancient pottery, bronze and other cultural relics which are part of the exhibit” The sealed book”.

Han is good at absorbing the essence of traditional Chinese culture and uniquely integrating realism, exaggeration, freehand brushwork and other artistic techniques.

The image of “Fuwa” at the Beijing Olympics still resonates deeply with the Chinese. With their rich, bright colors and simple, refined line construction, the mascots are the embodiment of traditional culture.

In 2018, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, awarded Han the Pierre de Coubertin Medal for his contributions and achievements in promoting the Olympic spirit through art.

Now in his 80s, he continues to expand the “breadth” of his artistic field and the “thickness” of his artistic legacy by focusing on education at Tsinghua University. His hard work and perseverance inspire younger generations.

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