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    Sale 12511

    20th Century & Contemporary Art (Evening Sale)

    22 October 2016, Shanghai

  • Lot 232

    QIN FENG (CHINESE, B. 1961)

    Civilisation Landscape Series No. 028

    Price Realised  


    QIN FENG (CHINESE, B. 1961)
    Civilisation Landscape Series No. 028
    A set of three scrolls
    Ink, coffee and tea on paper
    Each scroll measures 278 x 123 cm. (109 3/8 x 48 3/8 in.)
    Signed by the artist
    Painted in 2008

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    Through powerful and uninhibited brushwork, Qin Feng's work manifests a physical energy and persuasively evinces the vitality of calligraphy, as the gestural brushstrokes invite the viewer’s eye to roam freely across the pictorial plane, encouraging contemplation on the beauty of flowing, calligraphic strokes of black ink. Bold and exuberant, this monumental work transmits an inimitable energy. Civilisation Landscape series investigates different facets of civilisations in the long river of history through the lens of the contemporary. Bridging the visual, the conceptual and the linguistic, these imageries are the result of multilayered influences: the artist juggles his traditional Chinese upbringing and training, and his experience in America and Europe which introduced to him concepts such as abstract expressionism.

    The immense scale of Qin Feng’ work can be related to the expansiveness of the Xinjiang landscape, the vast grasslands and deserts where he grew up. ‘I wanted to portray the beautifully sublime landscape – but there was no pen, no paper. So I started to paint with tree branches on the ground. And thus I fell in love with this way of recording life.’ Qin Feng does not shy away from freely using materials such as coffee, tea, acrylic paint and ink in his work, materials from different origins. Qin believes the contemporaneity of ink art lies in the use of contemporary materials. The materials of today are vessels of the zeitgeist; art of different eras ought to reflect the spirits of the time. This, for Qin Feng, is key to the visual language of contemporary ink art.