Between Ink & Water - two simple liquids, one clear, one dark, prosaic and perfunctory yet combined they form the most distinctive medium. Channelled together, Chinese ink painting was created a millennium ago and forged an unprecedented art heritage and aesthetic. Since the late 19th and early 20th century, Western cultural and artistic influences have dominated and ink painting on paper has faded from view. However, today, thanks to the efforts of a group of contemporary Chinese artists the age-old medium of ink painting has been re-imagined and reinvented and is once again being revered. It has shed the rigidity of history and now addresses modernism through a prism of current artistic language and traditional, ancient models. ‘Between Ink and Water’ exhibition presents 29 works ranging from delicate fine-brush bird-and-flower paintings in brilliant colours, freehand style landscapes paintings with stunning visions of nature and figures & life scenes in calligraphy and caricature, to mixed-style paintings with the expression of Zenism and the equilibrium of peaceful mind. These beautiful and inspiring pieces by the five established Chinese artists, Chang Jin (常进), Shen Qin (沈勤), Wu Xiangyun (吴湘云), Zhang Zhengmin (张正民) and Zhu Jianzhong (朱建忠), showcase the vitality and visual power of contemporary Chinese ink painting.
VIP Private View and Panel Discussion: 19th August, 2014 (18.30-21.30)
Exhibition date and time: August 20th-24th, 2014 10.00-18.00
Venue: Entrance Gallery at Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU