Ink Now (1)

We had the second part of the symposium on Contemporary Ink Painting at the Suning Art Museum at which two of the senior figures in the field spoke: Li Lei, who marries the tradition of ink painting to a more international feeling for abstract expressionism; and Wang Jieyin, an artist now in his late seventies, who trained as a printmaker, taught Li Lei and spoke with the authority of someone who has spent a lifetime teaching about the importance of ink as a natural medium of expression for Chinese artists, with a symbolic significance because of its use by artists in the past. There is an exhibition downstairs which shows the full range of contemporary ink painting – some traditional, some calligraphic, some abstract expressionist, some obviously Chinese, some not at all.

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  1. You are right to focus our attention on what we are losing in Ink, and Calligraphy.

    Jamie Fergusson, the antiquarian bookseller, has a remarkable collection of Calligraphy, by people like Kindersley. Good calligraphers still exist but they are, regrettably, not commissioned a great deal. The loss is ours as fine calligraohy has great beauty.

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