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 (《大理外传》) was published May 2017.



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







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]