QIN FENG (B. 1961)
QIN FENG (B. 1961)
QIN FENG (B. 1961)
QIN FENG (B. 1961)
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QIN FENG (B. 1961)

Desire Scenery No. 1514

QIN FENG (B. 1961)
Desire Scenery No. 1514
A set of three scrolls, mounted and framed
Ink and acrylic on linen paper
Each scroll measures 300 x 160 cm. (118 1/8 x 63 in.)
Executed in 2014 (3)
Post lot text
QIN FENG (B. 1961)
Selected exhibitions
2012 Crow Collection of Asian Art Museum, Dallas, USA (solo)
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, USA (solo)
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (group)
2011 Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong (group)
2010 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA (group)
2008 Asia Center, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA (solo)
2007 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA (group)
2001 Asian Cultural Center, New York, USA (solo)

Notable collections
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
Ford Foundation
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
National Arts Foundation of France, Paris, France

Qin Feng was born in Xinjiang and studied at the Shangdong Art Institute. In 1996 Qin moved to Germany as part of a cultural exchange programme. In 2007 he returned to Beijing and in 2008 became a research associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Qin Feng manifests his physical energy in his paintings through powerful and uninhibited brushstrokes. Some relate Qin's large scale formats to the expansiveness of the Xinjiang landscape where he grew up. In his paintings, Qin explores the concepts of, and the interconnection between, civilization and desire. Ink, symbol and calligraphy remain key elements in Qin's art, in which he juggles his traditional Chinese upbringing and training, and his experience in America and Europe which introduced to him concepts such as abstract expressionism.

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Lot Essay

The fluid ink and idiosyncratic, powerful brushwork of Qin Feng explore the possibilities of synthesising modernism and the ink painting tradition. Almost spiritual in nature, the Desire Scenery Series persuasively evinces the vitality of calligraphy, as the gestural brushstrokes invite the viewers eye to roam freely across the pictorial plane, encouraging contemplation on the beauty of flowing, calligraphic strokes of black ink. Linen paper, woven from old clothing and bed sheets of the artist, is deployed here to evoke a sense of immediacy and agency: the fabric was once close to the artist and thus holds some of his memories and experiences. Bold and exuberant, this monumental work transmits an inimitable energy.

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