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Seeking the Profound

Seeking the Profound

Chinese ink on rice paper

47.4 x 64.6 cm

1986

Private collection

 

In the 1980s Huang Yao bemoaned that his paintings of human figures were no longer as precise as they once were. However, typically optimistic, he made peace with his ageing body and the first stroke he suffered in April 1981, arguing it gave his paintings a new lease of life: “I had been drawing a lot of human figures, but my right hand had limited movement… I felt that the progress was slow and my brush did not seem stable.

At this time I decided to change to painting landscapes, with a bit of wobbliness that could not be avoided. I never thought that the process would naturally produce a type of ancient flavor and from something that I had been so familiar with. It was a breath of fresh air, and totally unplanned. It was marvelous – as if the gods had a hand in helping me out.”

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