Liu Kuo-sung, Chiang Li-hsiang, Hsu Hisu-lan, Wu Pui-wah December 31, 2016 – January 28, 2017
Liu Kuo-sung, High Noon, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Roof of the World, 2014
Chiang Li-hsiang, Andante Cantabile, 2015
Chiang Li-hsiang, Feeling of Fall, 2016
Chiang Li-hsiang, Leisurely Flight, 2016
Hsu Hsiu-lan, Song of Cold Mountain No. 86, 2016
Hsu Hsiu-lan, Sound of Water No. 32, 2016
Hsu Hsiu-lan, Song of Cold Mountain No. 88, 2016
Wu Pui-wah, Leaping of White Lines Series No. 79, 2016
Wu Pui-wah, Leaping of White Lines Series No. 73, 2013
In 1957, Liu Kuo-sung founded the Fifth Moon Painting Group in Taiwan, to promote Modern Art and the modernization of Ink Painting. Due to his effort to revitalize traditional Chinese painting, Liu has since been honored as the Father of Modern Ink Painting.
For the second annual Ink Asia, Loftyart Gallery proudly presents From the Fifth Moon Rising – New Ink Painting in Taiwan, featuring in addition to Liu Kuo-sung, three of his proud students, Chiang Li-hsiang, Hsu Hsiu-lan, and Wu Pui-wah. Inspired by Liu Kuo-sung’s leadership in the Modern Ink Painting movement, the trio sought his tutelage and dedicated themselves to the cause. Despite sharing the same teacher, each student have developed her own personal style: Chiang Li-hsiang’s rhythmic juxtaposition of white and black lines reflect optic phenomenons; Hsu Hsiu-lan’s command of techniques such as rubbing and staining brilliantly outlines mountain ranges through solids and voids; Wu Pui-wah’s effective use of Liubai or negative space and subtle transitions of colors reflect her keen understanding of the four seasons.
In addition, the exhibition features Liu Kuo-sung’s autographed handmade limited edition prints produced by Loftyart, in woodblock, etching, lithography and silkscreen prints. These handcrafted prints are not only state of the art in terms of printmaking itself, they also brilliantly capture and recreate the spirit of Liu’s original artworks.
Chiang Li-hsiang, Lien Yu, Hsu Hsiu-lan, Wu Pui-wah, Chen Yi-fen February 20 – March 16, 2016
Chiang Li-hsiang, Valley of Fresh Greens, 2014
Chiang Li-hsiang, Deep in Water and Clouds, 2014
Lien Yu, Succeeding Songs, 2015
Lien Yu, Flow, 2013
Hsu Hsiu-lan, Landscape Series, 2015
Hsu Hsiu-lan, Sound of Water Series No. 22, 2015
Wu Pui-wah, Leaping of White Lines Series No. 68, 2015
Wu Pui-wah, Leaping of White Lines Series No. 70, 2015
Chen Yi-fen, Dream Walker, 2014
Loftyart Gallery proudly presents five distinguished artists of Modern Ink Painting: Chiang Li-hsiang, Lien Yu, Hsu Hsiu-lan, Wu Pui-wah, and Chen Yi-fen. The five artists have engaged in Modern Ink Painting for over twenty years, four of which are bachelors or masters of Fine Arts from National Taiwan Normal University. Starting from traditional Chinese painting, the artists also have firm foundations in Western painting. For example, Chiang Li-hsiang studied Western painting under Liang Dan-fong from 1970, and Wu Pui-wah entered the Lingnan School of Chinese Painting in 1985. In their years of painting and pursuit for innovation and change, they met the pioneer of Modern Ink Painting, Liu Kuo-sung in a matter of fate, and honored him as their teacher.
Despite sharing the same teacher and mentor, the five artists each strive to develop their own style. Chiang Li-hsiang sets natural rhythmic white lines against solid black lines; the contrasts creates a bold rendering of natural light. Lien Yu takes Eastern thought as the basis of her painterly experimentations, thereby constructing an unique personal style of Modern Ink. Hsu Hsiu-lan utilizes innovative techniques such as “Ink-rubbing” and “Ink-staining,” in layering the faces of mountains in respect to the contrast of light and dark. Wu Pui-wah uses the effect of liubai, or negative space and the balance of dark, light, thick and thin colors in representing her artful perception of the natural world. Chen Yi-fen holds her concept of altering the composition as the painting unfolds, and employs a rich display of colors and lines; she ultimately searches for the delight of inkplay between likeness and abstraction.
Liu Kuo-sung Teacher & Students Group Exhibition January 31 – February 28, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Dreaming of the immortal's Home, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Divine Mountain, Holy Water, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Blue Waves Welcome the Dawn, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Rainy Spring Water, 2009
Liu Kuo-sung, Daybreak, 2009
Leung Tung-choi, 2011 No. 5, 2011
Lin Hsiang-yuan, Emerald Mountains XLV, 2015
Liu Chen-fu, The Place Missed, Day and Night II, 2015
Chuang Shu-chen, Fissures, 2014
Wu Pui-wah, Leaping of White Lines Series No. 50, 2015
Respected as the Father of Modern Ink Painting in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, Liu Kuo-sung has promoted the modernization of Chinese art for over fifty years. In order to revitalize Chinese ink painting in accordance to the times, Liu Kuo-sung has initialed new thought in published articles, experimented with unconventional painting materials, and created innovative painting techniques; as well as assembled artist groups, opened numerous classes with a legion of students, and tirelessly hosted countless exhibitions and academic seminars all over the world – all for the development of modern ink painting.
Since 2010, modern ink painting has implicitly become a worthy rival to oil painting in Chinese contemporary art. Highly acclaimed by international art institutions, collectors, and auction houses, the genre and its rise must be credited to Liu Kuo-sung’s tireless effort in hosting exhibitions and academic seminars across mainland China in the last thirty years. Since then, countless Chinese artists have acknowledged being inspired by Liu’s theories and innovations. In recognition of Liu’s accomplishments and contributions to Chinese art and art education in China, in 2011 China’s Ministry of Culture bestowed Liu with the Chinese Art and Literature Life-time Achievement Award.
In recent years, Liu Kuo-sung has assembled the Tension of the White Line painting group and also Liu Kuo-sung Teacher & Student Exhibition in numerous private and public art museums in Taiwan and China. Together, these artist who share the same faith in modern ink painting, wield their own artistic styles to bring forward brand new possibilities in ink and wash. And yet, this is only the beginning to the rise of the fascinating genre. Liu Kuo-sung’s dream of leading modern ink painting in becoming the renowned mainstream of Chinese art has finally been realized.