Alisan Fine Arts is proud to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Chinese ink painter Nan Qi, famed for his three-dimensional images comprised of his eponymous 'Nan Qi dots' and interpretations of Chinese cultural icons, including female soldiers, the red star, currency and mountain landscapes. In his previous exhibition at Art Basel Hong Kong (AFA, 2017), Nan Qi primarily experimented with the elevation of the digitally traded emoji into formal painting, playing with symbols of communication and their context. More recently he has returned his focus on the signature 'haloed' Nan Qi dot, using an eerie 3-D effect to recreate iconoclastic images of renminbi notes, stylised butterfly motifs, as well as traditional landscapes. Born in Yongkang, Zhejiang in 1960, Nan Qi was trained in classical landscape ink painting at the People's Liberation Army Fine Arts Academy in Beijing. He is a member of Chinese Artists' Association, and currently lives in Beijing.
I believe that contemporary ink paintings, within the context of ink, have unlimited possibilities for expansion and extension. I have researched ink painting for decades, and have synthesised the methods of ink accumulation and ink staining into a technique I call 'haloed dots.' In this exhibition, I bring my 'haloed dots' from the past to the present, giving them a new life in today's contemporary environment and allowing the viewer a re-reading of classic tradition.
Press release courtesy Alisan Fine Arts.