Creative works by ordinary residents displayed at Shanghai Citizens Art Festival

The works by "grassroots artists" cover painting, sculpture, handicraft, science and technology and daily goods.
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Shanghai student Wang Yuqian, 12, has used discarded stationery to create a painting to pay homage to his idol, Swiss artist Paul Klee.  

Shanghai Citizens Art Festival yesterday honored 100 local "grassroots artists" for their creative works.

The works cover arts, crafts, science and technology and daily goods and are exhibited at the Putuo District Cultural Center.

Hong Youjin, a big fan of traditional Chinese culture, created a painting with grains. All his grain paintings, after special processing, can be preserved for decades.

Zhou Zhenxiang, a middle school student, designed a pendant lamp that can show temperature and time through varied colors and rays. 

There's also a multi-functional electric stove which simplifies cooking for busy white-collar workers. Designed by Zou Wenjia, a graduate from Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, it can boil, fry and steam in a faster way.

Another highlight is a creative painting paying tribute to Swiss artist Paul Klee. It was created by the 12-year-old student Wang Yuqian with discarded stationery.

According to Jin Jiangbo, deputy director of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, the event aims to encourage more ordinary citizens to explore their creativity.

He said their works can be developed for commercial use, which can fuel the creative industry in the country.

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A grain painting by Hong Youjin shows the beauty of a water town.

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Li Yijun shows off her handmade tiger-head shoes.

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A visitor admires a Chinese folding screen of tie-dyed silk fans.

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