Qiu Deshu (b.1948)
China Guardian HK 2016 Autumn Auctions
20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art
People's Republic of China (1949-)Estimate:
Painted in 2010;Acrylic on xuan paper mounted on canvas;Signed in Chinese and "Yun Yiren" in Chinese character on middle left;QIU DESHU(b.1948)Fissuring is not just the name of Qiu De-shu’s works, but also the word to describe the artist’s creative career. Qiu studied traditional ink painting when he was young, and learnt how to use xuan paper to show the texture of ink brushstrokes. After the Cultural Revolution, he became the leader of ‘Grass Grass Art Society’ and strived to find a new way of presentation for the great landscape in his mind. In 1985, he was invited to Tufts University, Boston as a visiting scholar. There, Qiu felt that traditional ink wash painting lacked visual impact, and thus started the ‘fissuring’ journey of Chinese ink wash painting. He boldly changed the traditional grim tone by using acrylic paint and canvas to create colourful visual effects.According to Qiu, Fissuring series is first inspired by the cracks in rocks. He depicts traditional Chinese landscape using the western deconstructionist approach. The composition of his works are similar to landscape painting in the Song dynasty. Qiu has adopted the aerial view in the composition with rich, lively ‘moss dot’ strokes, and put the torn pieces together again, completing an eastern-styled fissuring. This piece of work is representative in the Fissuring series. Qiu has experimented with ink wash painting, creating a colourful piece of work with delicate texture. The artist has turned the xuan paper to a collage with multiple layers and presentation using different techniques. The creation of new, time-sensitive works using traditional materials and skills is exactly the origin of ‘contemporary ink wash painting’.