British artist Jason Pym has exhibited in the UK, America and China, and illustrated for Penguin Books, Time Out and Financial Times’ magazine. A long-term resident of China, for the last ten years he has made his home in Dali, Yunnan province, where the landscape and history have made a rich subject for his paintings.


Jason works primarily in watercolours, also employing inks, pencils, acrylics and other media. He is largely self-taught, taking inspiration from Western artists such as Peter de Sève and Josh Kirby, as well as Chinese artists including Xie Yousu (谢友苏) and Ye Yuzhong (叶毓中). His artistic aim is to communicate the joy and fascination in simple human experience, whether that be a walk in the woods or a busy market, drawing attention to the often overlooked details of day to day life.


Born in 1974, Jason grew up in rural England just outside Cambridge. He studied Chinese and Japanese language at Leeds University, making his first visit to China in 1993 as a student. In 2000 he moved to Shanghai and worked for several years as a translator for HSBC, Marvel Comics and Starwood Hotels. However he never lost his childhood love of drawing, and began submitting illustrations to various business and entertainment magazines. When Penguin Books opened offices in China he joined the company as illustrator and designer to promote the publisher to a new audience. His personal project A Dali Sketchbook will be published in 2015.



11 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK Postcode: SG5 1JQ
Tel: (+44) 07783-824708

Floor 2, D Building, The Art Factory, No. 56 Cangping Street, Dali Old Town, Yunnan province, China Post Code: 671003
云南省大理古城苍坪街56号大理床单厂文化创意园D栋2楼艺术空间 邮编 671003
Tel: (+86) 0872-2668469





Documentary about my work by China Right Here on Tianjin TV (shown nationwide). (天津电视台, 泊客中国) [external link to official programme page, link to blog post, in Chinese, August 2016]
China Business News Weekly magazine (《第一财经周刊》)(in Chinese, December 2014)[jpeg of newspaper article][text pdf]
Interview for Chinese Central Television 9’s arts programme (《诗行天下》 云之南(下)) (in Chinese, September 2014) [external link to video]
Traveler Magazine (旅行家杂志) online version of print article (in Chinese, May 2014)[pdf]
China Daily newspaper (中国日报) (in English, April 2014) [pdf]
Vacation magazine (度假)(in Chinese, March 2014) [jpeg scans in pdf]
Dali 0872 Magazine (in Chinese, January 2014) [jpeg scans in pdf]
China Radio International online magazine (in Chinese, October 2013) [pdf]
China Central Television interview, on this site or on the CCTV website(in English, August 2013)
China Central Television interview (in French, August 2013)
Yunnan.cn (in Chinese, July 2013) [pdf]
Jiayou Dali (加油大理网) online magazine (in Chinese, July 2013) [pdf]
Guilin Daily Newspaper (桂林日报) online edition (in Chinese, July 2013) [pdf]
Chongqing City Life magazine (in Chinese, May 2012) [pdf]


2013, August – Present, Song Sisters Cafe, Dali, Yunnan, China
2013, February – Present, Xiao Duan’s Kitchen, Dali, Yunnan, China
2014, November – 2015, October, Area 51, Dali Art Factory, Dali, Yunnan, China
2012, December – 2013, May, Bakery 88, Dali, Yunnan, China [blog post]