More than 100 paintings by Zuolie Deng are damaged, destroyed or missing after a fire ravaged his art gallery in Seattle’s Chinatown International District.
SEATTLE – Zuolie Deng’s art studio and gallery has been an integral part of Seattle’s Chinatown International District for 20 years.
His watercolor paintings and calligraphy lined the walls from floor to ceiling.
But much of his priceless artwork was destroyed in a fire last month. What wasn’t ruined was stolen after people collapsed three times. Deng lost art supplies, precious stones from China used to make seal engravings and award-winning paintings.
Over 100 of his paintings are damaged, destroyed or missing.
Deng is a well-known Chinese artist in the city, whose works of art have been exhibited in local museums.
He created the panels to welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao in 2006.
His art was exhibited during Lunar New Year in 2019, the year of the pig. He designed “Golden pearl, “the sister of famous Pike Place Market pig, Rachel.
In 2009, King County Director Ron Sims proclaimed February 28 “Zuolie Deng Day” for sharing his culture and talents with the community.
Deng’s art studio has been a popular spot for Chinatown residents and visitors alike, Natalie Gray, who has always been drawn to the artwork. Gray called his gallery a special space.
âI would always make a point of visiting Mr. Deng’s studio whenever friends and family ate at the Jade Garden across the street. We would marvel at its display of brushes the size of which I have seen. ‘a fist and detail and care of his masterpieces, “said Gray.
Deng had an impact on the younger generation, who often came to the studio to learn how to paint. Those who know him say he wanted to instill in them an appreciation of Chinese art and culture.
âMany of us sent our children, including me, to study at Deng,â friend Anita Woo said.
This is why this fire is such a heartbreaking loss for the community. People rally around him by donating to GoFundMe, which has already raised nearly $ 10,000 for him to buy art supplies and rebuild his art studio and gallery.