“Spiritual Pursuit Woven in Chinese Water-Ink Paintings, an Exhibition of Recent Works by Liang Zhanyan, Yuan Wu and Zhang Jiangzhou” presents three Chinese artists who are influential in China. With similar age and life experience, it is their common aspiration and spiritual pursuit to express their focus on human destiny and to inquire about the value and meaning of life, albeit in different aesthetic styles .
Mr. Liang Zhanyan focuses on performers of Qinqiang, a traditional folk opera in northwestern China. Through the imagery depiction, his works collectively reflect the spiritual carnival of Chinese peasants in harsh environment in his interpretation of the Chinese life aesthetics which embraces and transcends life.
Mr. Yuan Wu portrays a group of Tibetan pilgrims affectionately with delicate and steady brush strokes. The pious and dignified faces in a consistent direction lead viewers to infinite reverie of the afterlife and heaven.
Mr. Zhang Jiangzhou's works are inspired by his profound experience of the fragile and transient human life. Through images of body language of young girls, he completes his poetic expression of sufferings in life, elaborates the calm attitude towards life and questions the ultimate meaning and value of life.
If we take their artistic pursuit as a whole, the carnival of current life of Mr. Liang Zhanyan, the star gazing of Mr. Yuan Wu and the heavenly beauty of Mr. Zhang Jiangzhou constitute jointly the grand view originated from the important Chinese cultural element of harmony between nature and man.
The Chinese water-ink painting boasts a long history, and carries a profound spirit of Chinese culture. Different from the classical Chinese paintings seen in major museums in the world, the contemporary Chinese water-ink art, which is actually the mainstream of Chinese art today, has distinctive contemporary features in both its artistic language and spiritual pursuit.
To promote the cultural and artistic exchanges between China and Canada, we sincerely wish that this exhibition may enhance the mutual understanding between the two cultures. It is also our humble expectation that this exhibition would help Canadian friends appreciate the art of Chinese water-ink painting.
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