Alisan Fine Arts is pleased to announce the opening of our third solo exhibition Silent Mountains, Meandering Rivers by internationally renowned contemporary artist Wei Ligang. Showcasing fifteen of his recent works, the selection focuses on his iconic calligraphy paintings which continue to explore abstraction through the use of his invented Chinese calligraphic script. Together with his ever-popular flower and peacock series, the body of work offers a contemporary take on the classical literati study of poems, flowers and birds. Also included in this exhibition are Wei's latest abstract paintings based on "Universalism", a theory that purports truth is beyond secular emotion and religion, highlighting the fact that his paintings have universal appeal and are beyond cultural boundaries. When talking about this exhibition, Wei says, "It is my hope that the refreshing art forms of flowers, birds, and poems about winding rivers meandering in the mountains can provide a momentary refuge for those living in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong."
As early as 2002, Wei had already been recognized as an important propagator of contemporary Chinese calligraphy with the success of the group exhibition Brushes with Surprise: The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China held at the British Museum. In the catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition, Professor Gordon S. Barrass, the curator of the exhibition wrote: "...one way in which Wei Ligang is unique is that he comes from a scientific background. His familiarity with some of the arcane concepts of mathematics has no doubt informed his rigorous efforts to turn Avant-Garde calligraphy into a purely abstract art." (P. 244)
Press release courtesy Alisan Fine Arts.
Over three decades, Wei Ligang has dedicated himself to revolutionising calligraphic script, upending an ancient tradition to create new forms of expression. A selection of the artist's recent paintings are now on view at Alisan Fine Arts in Hong Kong.