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Qin Feng

Qin Feng

Born in 1961 in Xinjiang Province, Qin Feng is a leading international ink artist and one of the foremost representatives of China's avant-garde movement. He studied mural painting at the Shandong University of Art and Design in the early 1980s and was one of only two people in Shandong Province who radically experimented with imported styles of contemporary art during that period. Because of his involvement in the Chinese avant-garde movement, the German government invited Qin to curate an exhibit promoting cultural exchange between China and Germany. In 1996, Qin moved to Berlin where he began to synthesize Western modernism and the Chinese ink-painting tradition and subsequently became the first Asian artist to show at the Raab Gallery.

A master of coalescence, Qin Feng seamlessly blends together the centuries-old art of Chinese ink painting and the modern concepts of the Abstract Expressionists in arresting series of meditative images. Bold brushstrokes, ethereal trails and plays on positive and negative space take his images beyond their aesthetic beauty to represent delicate balances, such as that of nature and man. Embodied with motion and representations of time, his pieces poetically combine Western gestures and Chinese Calligraphy - a concept of cultural contrast that is further emphasized by the use of tea and coffee as materials, and his choice of colour. His artworks are both culturally resplendent, as well as modern marvels of contemporary art.

Song of Solitude

Song of Solitude
Qin Feng │ Tai Ping

Song of Solitude pays homage to the ethereal landscapes and mythical realms of the northwest in China’s folklore, which echoes the enduring reference of human civilisation. It is song that dignifies the profound soul and spirit, which has been sung thousands years on. Tai Ping’s hand-tufting mastery encapsulates the influence of East and West, philosophy, aesthetics and religion. Exploring the unrestrained energy of the artist’s hand in motion, the rugs become canvases that produce striking effects like swift brushstrokes and dramatic black ink washes, found in the gradations of Jiuqu and Tianshan. Delicately balancing monochromatic ink and austere gestures, architectural effects like sculpting, carving, high and low piles are carefully applied to create depth beyond Yaochi. The intricate mix of refined wool and silk morphs the adventurous lines of the collection, seen in the expressive Kunlun design. An additional hand-knotted piece, Xixing - brings a poetic collection of highly refined quality - articulates the immortal beauty of the territory.

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