Human Figure Paintings - Men in Zen Setting
Chinese ink on rice paper
58.3 x 31.5cm
Huang Yao Collection in Singapore Art Museum
Basically Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting come from the same source, using brush and ink. When holding the brush, it is not necessary to hold it tightly or firmly. It can be 'hanging' in the palm, moved by the fingers, following the heart's desire, and flowing according to your thoughts. The tip of the brush turns, flexes and sweeps...., the intensity and texture of the ink from thick, thin, dry and wet...., forming many different combinations of brush and ink which appear on the paper. The brush must be held upright and each and every stroke is clean, clear and sharp so that the expertise, i.e. the readers of the painting can read and enjoy them.
It is like enjoying delicious food and drink. Every bite and sip gives endless pleasures, apart from the fact that they are nutritious.That is why through the ages, the sage knows food is to nourish the body, art is to nourish the soul.
Huang Yao, Moyuan Suibi, 1982
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