1980s Stories of the Seals
Huang Yao had a broad repertoire of art works. They range from the traditional Chinese paintings of human figures, landscapes, birds and animals, to his unique upside down calligraphy , innova-tive painting of the ancient Chinese character , his South East Asia lifestyle paintings, popular cul-ture paintings, western looking abstract paintings as well as cartoons, which he was famous for since his teens. Because of this large number of different subject matters, he named his studio ‘wanxiang tang’ or the studio of ten thousand images. He had this name carved as a seal for his paintings. Among his many seals, there is one with ‘innocent like a child’ and the other ‘return to innocence’ that he used for his paintings of children at play.
According to Huang Yao, Bada Shanren had a seal “zhide shenxian'” or contented immortal which he used on his favorite paintings. This must be the venerated old man’s experience. He lived to up to near ninety and could brisk walk up and down mountains. No wonder his could handle his brush like 'moving clouds and flowing water' as he lived happily like immortals while he was painting.