Zee Stone

"Back to the Future"

- Wu Guanzhong, Li Fuyuan, Shi Qi, Xue Liang, Liu Maoshan, Ko Nam and Hu Yongkai

1 - 31 December 2001

Zee Stone Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of landscape and figure paintings in Chinese ink and colour by leading contemporary Chinese artists.

The 20th century saw important advances in the development of Chinese painting, away from a rigid formulaic approach towards greater freedom and variety. Early pioneers such as Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) went abroad to study, bringing back Western art influences which revitalized the Chinese painting tradition. But it was the next generation of expatriate Chinese artists, such as Wu Guanzhong (b.1919) and Zao Wouki (b.1921) who succeeded in fully integrating Western and Oriental painting styles.

It is a popular misconception to think of Chinese ink paintings as old-fashioned and traditional in style. Today's artists are able to take the best of both traditions, combining their Chinese heritage with elements of Western art to create works that are entirely contemporary and original. Although they are working in a traditional medium, their styles range from realism to semi-abstraction.

The exhibition features a selection of limited edition prints on rice paper of paintings by the internationally renowned master, Wu Guanzhong, who draws inspiration from nature but concentrates on the rhythm of abstract forms rather than objective representation; boldly coloured paintings of animals and birds by his former pupil, Li Fuyuan; expressionist works by Shi Qi; and surrealistic landscapes by Xue Liang. Other artists whose work is to be exhibited include Liu Maoshan, Ko Nam and Hu Yongkai. Whatever their style and subject matter, all the artists display a high level of technical virtuosity and a unique personal style.