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Guo Kai
January 9 – March 9, 2021




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Guo Kai, Quiet Fantasy 201901, 2019
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Guo Kai, Quiet Fantasy 202001, 2020
Guo Kai, Quiet Fantasy 201810, 2018
Guo Kai, Quiet Fantasy 201912, 2019
Guo Kai, Quiet Fantasy 201911, 2019
Guo Kai, Snowy Hill, 2020
Guo Kai, Quiet Fantasy 201910, 2019
Guo Kai, Huizhou 201905, 2019
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Guo Kai,<i> Quiet Fantasy 201901,</i> 2019
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Guo Kai, <i>Quiet Fantasy 202001,</i> 2020
Guo Kai,<i> Quiet Fantasy 201810,</i> 2018
Guo Kai, <i>Quiet Fantasy 201912,</i> 2019
Guo Kai, <i>Quiet Fantasy 201911,</i> 2019
Guo Kai, Snowy Hill, </i>2020
Guo Kai, <i>Quiet Fantasy 201910,</i> 2019
Guo Kai, <i>Huizhou 201905,</i> 2019
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In recent years, the subject of Guo Kai’s landscape paintings has gradually transitioned, from the deconstruction and reconstruction of traditional architecture nestled within a natural landscape to the landscape itself, specifically mountains, and the visual and symbolic significance mountains hold. As an architecture professor at Hefei University of Technology, Guo often accompanies students to draw from life from the abundance of heritage architecture in the southern regions of Anhui province. However, in recent years, the classic motifs of Chinese architecture, such as curving rooflines and grand archways seldom appear on his canvases, and are instead replaced with increasing abstract ensembles of mountains, from life drawing trips that he takes alone deep in the reaches of famous mountains like the Yellow Mountain. In terms of composition, the absence of a formal subject allows him to take complete and personal command of the canvas, where the faint contours of mountains become an elegant system of the artist’s symbols and gestures. With his muted palette and images frozen in time, this shift in subject has given Guo Kai a sense of belonging or attachment at the very heart of traditional Chinese landscape painting – the mountains.

Yi Art Institute
3F, Elephant Duo Art District, Lvzhoudong Road, Shushan District, Hefei
August 8 – September 7, 2020
Reception: Saturday, August 8, 3:00 pm
Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Gallery Touring Exhibition
January 9 – March 9, 2021
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm


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Faraway Breeze

Guo KaiSept 15 – 24, 2019National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei

Faraway Breeze

Guo Kai
September 15 – 25, 2018
National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei




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Installation View, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Installation View, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Installation View, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
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Installation View, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Installation View, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Installation View, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
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Works



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Guo Kai, Misty Remote Village, 2018
Guo Kai, Tranquil Waters, 2018
Guo Kai, Empty Mountain Spring No. 1, 2018
Guo Kai, Empty Mountain Spring No. 2, 2018
Guo Kai, Quiet Fantasy No. 1, 2018
Guo Kai, The Impression of Huizhou No. 1, 2017
Guo Kai, Snow in Secluded Valley, 2017
Guo Kai, White Bridge No. 2, 2017
Guo Kai, Colors in Shadows, 2017
Guo Kai, Huizhou No. 2, 2015
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Guo Kai, <i>Misty Remote Village,</i> 2018
Guo Kai,<i> Tranquil Waters,</i> 2018
Guo Kai,<i> Empty Mountain Spring No. 1,</i> 2018
Guo Kai,<i> Empty Mountain Spring No. 2,</i> 2018
Guo Kai, <i>Quiet Fantasy No. 1,</i> 2018
Guo Kai, <i>The Impression of Huizhou No. 1,</i> 2017
Guo Kai, <i>Snow in Secluded Valley,</i> 2017
Guo Kai, <i>White Bridge No. 2, </i>2017
Guo Kai, <i>Colors in Shadows, </i>2017
Guo Kai, <i>Huizhou No. 2, </i>2015
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Guo Kai’s brush captures the beauty of Huizhou, not in a solely realistic manner, but in response to his emotions, dreams, and personal perception of nature, in a balance between scenery and self, and also heaven and man. His landscape paintings are seemingly shrouded in layers of colorful dreamlike mist, in which blurry sunsets, aged trees, windy ponds, and vast mountains, sing with poetic resonance, giving the viewer a calming sense of spring. In his recent works, his brushwork, composition, and color have become even more refined and elegant, carrying the spirit of ancient masters, like a faraway breeze, into the golden age of the Song and Yuan Dynasties.

Elaine Suyu Liu, Curator

National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Wen Hua Gallery
505 Renai Road, Taipei

September 15 – 25, 2018
Reception: Saturday, September 15, 3:00 pm
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


Exhibition Catalog

Faraway Breeze

Guo Kai Solo Exhibition Lofty Culture & Art, 2018 © Loftyart Gallery

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Scenery/State

Guo Kai
May 21 – June 25, 2016




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Guo Kai, First Snow Over the Ridge, 2014
Guo Kai, Landscape 2015-5, 2015
Guo Kai, Huizhou No. 2, 2015
Guo Kai, Square Cloud, 2015
Guo Kai, Snow & Mist, 2015
Guo Kai, Autumn Reflection, 2016
Guo Kai, Sunset Shine, 2016
Guo Kai, Tranquil Landscape No. 2, 2016
Guo Kai, Scene W-201603, 2016
Guo Kai, Scene W-201604, 2016
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Guo Kai, <i>First Snow Over the Ridge,</i> 2014
Guo Kai,<i> Landscape 2015-5,</i> 2015
Guo Kai, <i>Huizhou No. 2,</i> 2015
Guo Kai,<i> Square Cloud, <i>2015
Guo Kai,<i> Snow & Mist, </i>2015
Guo Kai,<i> Autumn Reflection,</i> 2016
Guo Kai, <i>Sunset Shine, </i>2016
Guo Kai,<i> Tranquil Landscape No. 2, </i>2016
Guo Kai, <i>Scene W-201603,</i> 2016
Guo Kai, <i>Scene W-201604,</i> 2016
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In observing Guo Kai’s paintings, the exquisite brushstrokes, graceful curving lines, elongated horizontal movements, and seemingly monochrome colors constitute a personal and elegant landscape. The tranquil atmosphere presented by his paintings, allows the mind of the viewer to quickly settle, and thereby invites the viewer to enter the scenery of the painted image, into the midst of the gentle sun, the misty air, the freshness of fields, and the temporality of historic buildings. The ability of creating such a vivid experience for the viewer lies in Guo Kai’s carefully articulated images, his unique interpretation of color, and his proficiency with brushwork and the application of texture, as well as the deconstruction and reconstruction of architecture within the landscape.

Guo Kai’s genres of painting can be identified as pastoral landscapes and architecture. He implements animated organic lines and intentional artificiality to create an individualistic and highly distinguishable mode of landscape painting. Under Guo’s brush, the animated lines seem to have an inherent will of their own, spreading sporadically across the canvas, leaving a sense of energy and dynamic movement in the composition. The source of the energy comes from the subject matter itself, that is the natural scenery, embodied in the grass, flowers, and trees, and more the notion alludes to a core value in traditional Chinese landscape painting.

Unveiling the layers of meaning behind Guo Kai’s works, one discovers a sense of timelessness in his less-than-figurative portrayal of pastoral landscapes and architecture, as well as his sentiments on the state of being of these subjects. These carefully articulated images, ridden of all traces of human presence, ultimately reveal Guo Kai’s idealized inner state of mind.

May 21 – June 25, 2016
Reception: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 3:00 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm



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Conscious Landscape

Guo Kai
May 15 – June 27, 2014




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Guo Kai, Distant Mountain, Lonely Cloud, 2013
Guo Kai, Tranquil Lotus Bed, 2013
Guo Kai, Blooming Branches, 2013
Guo Kai, Autumn by the Eaves, 2013
Guo Kai, Pale Shadows of Floating Clouds I, 2013
Guo Kai, Pale Shadows of Floating Clouds II, 2014
Guo Kai, Reflection of the Bridge, 2014
Guo Kai, Breezy Retreat I, 2014
Guo Kai, Breezy Retreat II, 2014
Guo Kai, Xiajian Pagoda, 2014
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Guo Kai,<i> Distant Mountain, Lonely Cloud, </i>2013
Guo Kai,<i> Tranquil Lotus Bed, </i>2013
Guo Kai,<i> Blooming Branches, </i>2013
Guo Kai,<i> Autumn by the Eaves, </i>2013
Guo Kai,<i> Pale Shadows of Floating Clouds I, </i>2013
Guo Kai, <i>Pale Shadows of Floating Clouds II,</i> 2014
Guo Kai,<i> Reflection of the Bridge, </i>2014
Guo Kai,<i> Breezy Retreat I, </i>2014
Guo Kai,<i> Breezy Retreat II, </i>2014
Guo Kai, <i>Xiajian Pagoda, </i>2014
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Guo Kai’s paintings, in of both spirit and form, are very similar to the thought of Henry David Thoreau. They both advocate the escape from urban living, and the return to a natural environment. In terms of their highest ideal of living, it is to be one with nature. For Guo and Thoreau, they change with the seasons and go where the river takes them, where every landscape is an inspiration for either an essay or a painting.

However, Guo Kao’s artworks also carry a sense of Eastern philosophy, much like a traditional Chinese landscape painting. Of course, Guo’s art is best represented by his iconic landscapes of Southern Anhui. Born and raised in the basin between Yangtze and Huai rivers, Guo is comfortable and content in his native land, where the luscious and tranquil atmosphere of the Southern Anhui countryside is brilliantly captured by his art. Guo’s quiet and serene landscapes genuinely invite the viewer into his seemingly distant dream world. As the ancient Chinese believe; to wander quietly afar is to have wisdom.

May 15 – June 27, 2014
Reception: Saturday, May 15, 2014, 3:00 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm



Exhibition Catalog

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In the Prime of Vitality

Chen Yufei, Guo Kai, Huang Ming-che, Hung Tien-yu, Hsu Yu-jen, Lin Pang-soong, Ma Baozhong, Sun Liang, Wang Yigang, Yang Shu, Yu Youhan
October 27 – November 16, 2012




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Yu Youhan, Waving to the World, 2011
Huang Ming-che, Love Flower, 2008
Hsu Yu-jen, Money Tree with Landscape, 2007
Sun Liang, Demon Within the Mind, 1997
Lin Pang-soon, Island of Dreams, 2012
Hung Tien-yu, North Coast, 2012
Wang Yigang, Blue & Green Series A3, 2012
Chen Yufei, Protection 1, 2009
Guo Kai, Distant Village, 2012
Ma Baozhong, Annihilate, 2010
Yang Shu, Untitled, 2011
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Yu Youhan, <i>Waving to the World,</i> 2011
Huang Ming-che,<i> Love Flower, </i>2008
Hsu Yu-jen,<i> Money Tree with Landscape,</i> 2007
Sun Liang, <i>Demon Within the Mind, </i>1997
Lin Pang-soon, <i>Island of Dreams,</i> 2012
Hung Tien-yu, <i>North Coast,</i> 2012
Wang Yigang,<i> Blue & Green Series A3,</i> 2012
Chen Yufei, <i>Protection 1,</i> 2009
Guo Kai, <i>Distant Village,</i> 2012
Ma Baozhong, <i>Annihilate,</i> 2010
Yang Shu, <i>Untitled,</i> 2011
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Artistic creation does not happen overnight, even for the most gifted artists it has always been a long process of search and refinement. The Chinese Contemporary Art market’s sudden surge in the last ten years has raised many artists to the state of superstardom; a phenomenon unprecedented in China’s history.

Investor Warren Buffett once said “you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.” That is to say, only when the art market stabilizes will artists’ talent and worth be clearly revealed. Only those who can withstand the passage of time, as well as the dictates of social pressures and market demand, and find their own place among different currents and trends, will have their names secured in art history. They have come a long way for their standing today, and at the same time, possess full potential for a bolder tomorrow. They are essential to the art world of China and Taiwan, as they are in the prime of vitality.

Chen Yufei, Guo Kai, Huang Ming-che, Hung Tien-yu, Hsu Yu-jen, Lin Pang-soong, Ma Baozhong, Sun Liang, Wang Yigang, Yang Shu, Yu Youhan

October 27 – November 16, 2012
Reception: Saturday, October 27, 2012, 3:00 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm




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