JIN YONG (b.1981)is a Chinese artist who is based in Ireland since 2002. When he was about five years old, he became interested in art and began taking lessons from a private teacher. He studied for four years in Art and Design in Changchun City, which has a population of seven millions. After moving to Shanghai city, he got his first work experience as a graphic designer and design editor for ‘Good Morning Shanghai’, one of the biggest Korean magazine publishing company.Jin Yong is always eager to help other people to improve their art skills, through teaching and mentoring. He taught about 30 students during his 6-week exhibition in Nutgrove shopping centre. This free art classes he did for Tallaght cancer support group, which he supported over 6 years through his art exhibitions. He also had watercolour workshop in Gallery of photography in Temple Bar in 2014 organized by Dublin City Council and Gallery of photography during Chinese New Year celebration.
Jin Yong is a Christian and in his view God is the best designer and artist, who created this world full of beauty and color. Jin Yong looks for inspiration in Nature and gets new ideas from modern culture. Sometimes he mixes colors to make some unique color tones, though for him, the most beautiful colors are primary colors.
He had 15 solo exhibitions in Ireland and a number of group exhibitions. He is one of very few Asian full-time visual artists based in Ireland, To date, over 500 paintings of his artwork have been collected by individuals and organizations globally.
He had an opportunity to give an inspirational talk to 800 staff members from Vodafone at RDS in 2014 as part of “Vodafone Annual Kick Off” 2014/2015. He curated Twitter @ireland during one week in Feb 2015. He curated also a photography Exhibition commissioned by Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Founding of People’s Republic of China and the 35th Anniversary of China-Ireland diplomatic relations.
In 2016, he was nominated for Chinese Professional Achievement Award by Association of Chinese Professionals in Ireland.
In 2017, he was invited as one of the three ambassador to promote Dublin Chinese New Year celebration with ‘Irish Icons’ exhibition at Kildare Village opened by Chinese ambassador Dr.Yue XiaoYong.
In 2018, he won Chinese Professional Achievement Award by Association of Chinese Professionals in Ireland represented by H.E.Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland