Past Exhibition

One Hundred Layers of Ink - Yang Jiechang & Recent Works of Wei Ligang

01 Oct - 31 Oct  |  2007
One Hundred Layers of Ink- Works of Yang Jiechang

Yang Jiechang is a Chinese born, Paris resident who successfully breaks through traditional constraints using ink. Born in 1956 in Foshan, Guangdong Province, Yang Jiechang studied art and Taoism in Guangzhou before moving to Paris in 1989. Taoism has deeply influenced his art, particularly the theory of “sublimation in meditation.” He uses multiple layers of ink on paper to create large textured black spaces both shiny and matt (recalling the dualistic Taoist principle) into which the spectator is drawn. The effect upon the viewer is to produce a feeling of contemplative tranquillity. Stillness and liveliness coexist in his work, though seemingly simple, they are in fact highly complex.
Since the 1980s, Yang Jiechang has exhibited his works in France, Finland, Scotland, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Turkey, Iran, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Taiwan.


Recent Works of Wei Ligang

Wei Ligang, one of the most significant artists of the post-modern calligraphy movement in China during the last 20 years, attempts to transform Chinese calligraphy into contemporary abstract ink painting. As an art based on Fushan's cursive calligraphy, Wei Ligang's ink work has a close relationship with Chinese characters and writing. He adds cursive to the already complex seal script to make his work illegible, resulting in paintings of non-semantic forms. Other times borrowing from Japanese modern calligraphy and Western Abstract Expressionism, his strokes entwining, tangling, penetrating, overlapping, sometimes combine with metallic colour, create a visual complexity of magical power and metamorphic unpredictability.
Since the1980s, he has exhibited in New York, London, Sydney, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xian, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Taipei, etc. His works are collected by the British Museum, UK; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; Today Art Museum, Beijing and He Xiang Ning Art Gallery, Shenzhen, China, etc.