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XinGongBi Literature Books:Xu Hualing•Volume

List Price£º£¤40
Author£ºXu Hualing
Publisher£ºAnhui Arts Publishing House
Publication Date£º2012/1/16
  • Edition£º1
  • Pages£º139
  • Packaging£ºPaperback
  • Printing time£º2012/1/16
  • Format£º16
  • Paper£ºUncoated paper
  • Printed£º1
  • ISBN£º7-5393-1580-6

After a year's thorough preparation, I am delighted to see the book series of A Case Study of New Meticulous Brush Painting coming to light. I still remember the time when I first saw works of new meticulous brush painting, I was impressed with their complex representation, detailed pattern and careful design. Apart from feeling surprised, I sensed the rich cultural experience beyond them. Afterwards, as time went by, my obsession with this kind of painting did not lessen, but became even keener. From those meticulous brushes, I sensed the cultural ideals of painters about youth, dream and exploration. They are a group of sincere artists who use their delicate brushes to carefully record and express their cultural experiences about life, existence and tradition on paper or silk, despite the noise of modern society.

Book Description

Compared with the former ones, the attitude of new meticulous brush painters toward China and the West has been more relaxed and free. They did not burden themselves with the responsibility of self-proof, nor did they follow others simply out of pressure. Yet they started with their own experiences and "reconstructed codes" of senses with related visual sources. Such "reconstruction" required a certain confidence in culture. Of course, the so-called confidence does not mean guarding tradition in an insular way, because such "confidence" is in fact "defidence" in culture, the result of which would block the advancement of traditional visual sources, not the initial start. Then, what is the representation of an open-minded confidence in these artists of meticulous brush painting? Through reading this book series we shall discover that they have adopted an open and tolerant attitude toward various visual experience, instead of a simplistic "yes" or "no". This allowed them to possess an active creative path, one that was not limited by a fixed idea about the past. They chose visual materials freely out of needs and reconstructed new sensual images. Therefore, their works seemed like a new comprehension and reconstruction of visual codes, infused with the artists' own understanding of those materials, making them integral constituents of the picture. What merits attention is that the artists' appropriation of these visual information is not a simple appropriation of the form, but a comprehensive understanding of the spiritual experience behind forms. Therefore, though their works were created out of the diversity of formal experiences, yet their representation had an anti-formalism pursuit. To be exact, their "reconstructing code" is making delicate formal feelings into the experience of private subjective ideas, hence reconstructing visual logic, construction and narrative modes. This method is a subjective stand that originates from current spiritual experience.

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Art Experience

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Because they have their own stand, their visual experiences about China and the West are not formal repetitions, but a spiritual transformation. They then seek their starting point out of complex visual images and create visual forms of pictures, revealing descriptions about human living experiences. Thus, they are more direct and contemporary than those new literati seeking the representation of modern emotions out of classical forms. Meanwhile, compared with experimental and urban ink painting artists who seek eastern values out of western visual logic, they demonstrate a natural connection with Chinese tradition. They are no orphans. Thus, new meticulous brush painting has demonstrated to us a new possibility, a direction for traditional Chinese painting to break through under contemporary context.