Lu Chuntao: a Contemporary Evolution in Chinese Ink
SHANGHAI, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Water? Or Ink? Or Others - Lu Chuntao‘s 3,000 m³ Ink Space Show is to be opened at the Huafu Art Space, which is located at M50, one of the most well-known art hubs in Shanghai. The exhibition endeavors to present contemporary ink art from a brand new perspective. Not only does it manage to manifest the charisma of Chinese ink art in a three-dimensional context, but it also involves classic Chinese cultural elements such as ceramics, Chinese traditional costumes, antique wooden trays and Chinese musical instruments. The diverse presentation probes into the development trend and value orientation of Chinese ink art through a contemporary context.
As one of the most prestigious contemporary Chinese ink painters, Lu Chuntao‘s art career started from traditional Chinese painting. The Beauty of Flower Series could be seen as a tribute he paid to classic Chinese art. But in the meantime, it also marked the beginning of new trends in his ink art. The year 2008 witnessed the birth of the Riverside Series and Wildness Series. Reflection upon traditional and contemporary expressions of ink art could be perceived from these series. This period was considered as the period of “changes in ink”, which was of great importance to the artist’s perception of ink. It was during this period that he managed to break through the boundaries of traditional ink art patterns and to imbue ink art with the feelings and perceptions of contemporary people.
The Lotus Pond Series, a recent series created by Lu Chuntao during the past two years, is featured in Water? Or Ink? Or Others - Lu Chuntao‘s 3,000 m³ Ink Space Show. Richer and more subtle evolutions are to be perceived in terms of its sense of form, the use of colors and ideas behind the image, imbuing traditional ink with a sense of modern charisma. By integrating western painting techniques with his ink art, he creates a kind of uniquely eastern artistic ambience featuring not only the passion for vitality but also profound meditation on the prospects of Chinese contemporary ink art.
Despite the fact that Lu started as a traditional Chinese painting artist, his ink art keeps pace with the times. Through a kind of spiritual transformation of the artist, natural objects are delineated in the form of neo ink art. As far as Lu’s concerned, the charisma of ink comes not only from the beauty of the imagery it creates but also the traces left by the artist’s communication with brush and ink. Such traces are both a reflection of the inner world of the artist and an indication of the future direction of Chinese ink art in contemporary times.
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