Chinese ink wash painting is the art of using ink and water to create depths and dimensions on a canvas. a|n Gallery gladly presents “Ink Nouveau – Artistic Impressions” by the father and son duo, leading ink art painter He Baili and Eric He Jilan in a bid to celebrate the gallery’s exciting opening.
Why it matters:
Several of He Bali’s artworks will be showcased in this very exhibition. He’s landscape paintings are all derived from reality which also include his own perception of nature, combining realism with his own observations. In addition, He Baili’s flower works are deeply influenced by Western art and culture, every brushstroke delivers a sense of delicacy and elegance. Professor Mayching Kao, former Chair Professor of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, acclaims He Baili’s paintings for their “comprehensive themes, diverse artistic styles, precise techniques and unsurpassed positions.”
- “Ink Nouveau” will feature the “Sweeping Mountains and Small Boats” series, a collaboration between He Baili and He Jilan which represents the combined efforts of the two generations of artists in the promotion of Chinese ink art.
- The unique brushwork of He Jilan, named by his father as the “Moving Line and Broken Ink Method”— a technique in which outlines and rough sketching are executed in calligraphic lines referential of the styles of the great calligraphy masters, followed by adding layers of ink washes to convey the volume of the rock or hill.
- Small boats are a recurrent image in He’s early works which represents the artist’s longing for a serene life, and often becomes the soul of a painting, as in this series.
- The artistic expression of He and his son’s constitutes a series of passionate sketches that contain the contrast between light and heavy, rigid and soft.
Background: Ink wash painting
- Ink wash painting is a major representative of Chinese painting, it is also known as the “National Painting” of China which spreads its influence to the other parts of East Asia.
- Basic ink wash paintings only consist of water and ink with solely the stark contrast of black and white. It later evolved to colorful ink paintings of flowers and birds.
- The characteristics of Chinese ink wash painting are: emphasis is not on reality but on spirituality with limited white space in which the process of painting is called “writing” rather than “painting”.
Be aware of the difference between contemporary and traditional Chinese ink wash paintings.
Ink Nouveau – Artistic Impressions by He Baili and He Jilan
2021.9.7. – 2021.9.27
a|n Gallery, Rm201, 2/F, Tung Chai Building, 86-90 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Courtesy to a|n Gallery and the Artists