Two new beautiful and unique themes are available for download through the Windows Personalization Gallery, featuring the creations of artist Cheng Ling.Customers running Windows 7 can download 7 ‘Behind the Masks’ and ‘Taiwan Sketches’ theme packs free of charge, and get two sets of wallpapers featuring Ling’s artistic vision.
The ‘Taiwan Sketches’ theme contains no less than six sketches depicting moments of mundane life in Taiwan. Ling is obviously extremely talented, and the examples of her art she shares with Windows 7 users certainly manage to stand out of the collection of themes Microsoft is offering through the Personalization Gallery.
“I traveled around many small communities in Taiwan so as to be immersed in the cultural vitality of each place,” Ling reveals. “I enjoyed being surrounded by the local history, which could carry me from the present to the past. This shuttling was poignant… somehow both hopeful and sad at the same time.”
The ‘Behind the Masks’ wallpapers depict social camouflage metaphors drawn with feminine lines, nuances and motifs.
“Like wearing a mask, we arm ourselves every day to play roles that meet others’ expectations, so as to survive in real life. It is only when I create that my soul can freely show itself from behind the disguise,” Ling added.
As with all Windows 7 themes, the content of the ‘Behind the Masks’ and ‘Taiwan Sketches’ packs can be extracted with an archiver, so users will be able to enjoy the background images even if they’re not running the latest iteration of Windows. I included screenshots of both themes at the bottom of this article.
“Generally speaking, I prefer to create using conventional media and techniques, such as oil and acrylic painting, oil pastel, and color ink. I enjoy the texture of overlapped pigments and mixed colors. I also experiment on the hybrid of different materials. If I am working on a commercial design, I will refine it using digital programs,” Ling reveals.
The Windows 7 ‘Taiwan Sketches’ is available for download here.
Windows 7 ‘Behind the Masks’ is available for download here.