Hong Ling, with his constant dedication to the pursuit of introducing western pictorial expression into the image of eastern landscape painting, managed to present artist’s unique characteristics through blending advantages of both eastern and western paintings.
Breeze Valley (Lot 394), displayed in long scroll, from cavalier perspective of traditional Chinese landscape painting, includes a vast tract of natural scenery and builds refreshing views of rolling bamboo waves caught in breeze and a continuous expanse of emerald green in the valley. Detailed depiction constantly draws the audience into this endless visual journey.
Breeze Valley themed in green, is delicately built up with complicated overlap of bamboo leaves of variant shades of green colour in quite abstract expressionist implication. These green brushstrokes sometimes are hasty, sometimes are slow; sometimes are dense, sometimes are light, seemingly pursuing the visual effect of “darkness, denseness, thickness, and heaviness” in Huang Binhong’s work while also maintaining the rhythm and elegance of traditional Chinese landscape painting. With the language of colour and texture, Hong Ling painted the background with flat brushstrokes combined with the texture of overlapped brush touches to craftily present a natural vigour and abstract concept of colored ink painting which connects inner soul to exterior environment and encourages contemplation on the relationship between the individual and the world.