JAMIE WHYTE artist illustrator creative cartographer

BuddhaPhoenixesDragons (detail)Dragons and cloudsDragonsLotus flower (detail)Buddha, phoenixes, dragons and cloudsTwo wallsChinese words read: "Shaolin Se Wuseng Hou Bei Dui" - the name of Shi DeYang's school in China. Beneath: three seasons of fourSpringSpring (detail)Summer, with Song Mountain to right of backgroundSummer (detail)Summer (detail)Summer - Song Mountain (detail)AutumnAutumn (detail)Autumn (detail)Monkey KingMonkey King (detail)Wheel of life with characters: Chan and WuAt work on Autumn panelSecond mural, new locationShaolin Grand Master Shi DeYang blessing the second Buddha mural in new location

Shaolin Murals

Mural project from 2010/2011.

I was friends with a disciple of Shaolin Grand Master Shi DeYang, who asked me to paint murals in the school he intended to open to teach Shaolin culture and gong-fu in the UK.

I spent around eight months painting the murals. I’ve always loved Chinese art, poetry and culture so it was a labour of love for me – and I was especially honoured to be working for one of the most venerable and famous cultural centres in China, if not the world.

The School opened with a visit from Shi DeYang himself, who blessed the School and an image of Buddha I’d painted with water sprinkled from a green sprig. The final image in the gallery shows Shi DeYang stood before the Buddha, and a small shrine displaying a photograph of his master Shi SuXi, who maintained the practices of Chan Buddhism and Shaolin gong-fu at the Temple during the Cultural Revolution, at great risk to his own safety.

Of all the mural projects I’ve undertaken, this is the one of which I am most proud.

© Jamie Whyte 2012


If you would like to contact me about this piece of work, or you would like to commission me to work for you, please contact me by clicking the CONTACT ME link in the top menu.