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

The Five Elements

QIN FENG (B. 1961)
The Five Elements
A set of five scrolls, framed
Ink, coffee and tea on ceramic paper
Each scroll measures 199 x 85 cm.(78 3/8 x 33 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2012 (5)
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 he 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. Through the process of constructing characters and symbols, Qin embodies his masculinity, his spirit, and his understanding of human existence.

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Lot Essay

Daring and exuberant, The Five Elements is a bold, contemporary reiteration of the ancient Chinese cosmology. The five elements - metal, wood, water, fire and earth - have long been considered as cosmic agents of change. Qin's idiosyncratic gestural brush marks emit a similar energy. As colossal, calligraphic strokes of black ink traverse the surface of ceramic paper stained by tea and coffee, horizontal and vertical lines meet to form an abstract symbol that dominate the five scrolls. Almost spiritual in nature, the allure of Qin's script invites the viewer's eye to roam freely across the pictorial space and to contemplate on the beauty of the fluid brushwork.

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