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Yang Jiechang (B. 1956)
Yang Jiechang (B. 1956)

Tomorrow Cloudy Sky

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Yang Jiechang (B. 1956)
Tomorrow Cloudy Sky
Tomorrow Cloudy Sky: signed 'yang jiechang' in Pinyin; signed in Chinese; dated '02.2006'; titled 'Tomorrow Cloudy Sky' in English (upper right)
Tomorrow Cloudy Sky, High Pressure, Tense Climate: signed in Chinese; signed 'yang' in Pinyin (lower right)
ink and colour on paper; ink on paper
95 x 98 cm.; & 100.5 x 106.5 cm. (37 3/8 x 38 1/2 in.; & 40 x 42 in.)
Painted in 2006 (2)
Provenance
Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Lot Essay

Yang Jiechang was born in Foshan, Guangdong province, in 1956, and was primarily trained in traditional ink painting. Brought up as a Red Guard in the Maoist period, he was introduced to Taoist teachings in 1982, which brought about a radical transformation in his world view and art practices, resulting in his renunciation of all colour, representation and symbolism. 100 Layers of Ink (Lot 443) is a meditation in ink of a conceptual and minimalist approach. Layering Chinese ink on collaged paper, the jet-black image simultaneously reflects and absorbs light on its textured surface, creating a richness in form in its severe abstraction and spirituality.
Created in 2006, Tomorrow Cloudy Sky (Lot 442) represent Yang's continued exploration in calligraphy and drawing. He comments, with a tinge of dark humour, on current politics and ideological structures that go beyond the reach of modern intellectuals. As an artist, Yang succeeds in creating a completely audacious and often provocative way of perceiving ink, calligraphy and painting that is unbounded by traditions, cultures and forms.

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