Hanart TZ Gallery is honoured to invite you to the opening reception of the exhibition Luo Ying: Layered Hills, the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong by the noted ink painter Luo Ying. The exhibition will feature over 50 important works by the artist representing her oeuvre of the last five years, including several key works previously held by Luo Ying in her private collection and never publicly displayed before. The opening reception in the presence of the artist will take place on Thursday, 12 July 2018, from 6 to 8pm, at Hanart TZ Gallery, 4th floor, Pedder Building. The exhibition will continue through 25 August 2018.
'Whether it is the configurations of Guo Xi's lofty mountains, the texture of Emperor Huizong's rocks, Xia Gui's inky mists, or the nooks and corners of Ming and Qing gardens–as long as an element is pleasing to her, Luo Ying will bring it into her paintings; and yet this is not done in the contemporary sense of appropriation. Lofty mountains and Taihu stones are blended into one entity, and into the cold, glacial peaks the artist infuses emotional colour, adding elegant plants and greenery referencing ancient works. In this way she transposes the aesthetic sensibility of the Song, Ming and Qing into a modern tone. Luo Ying's compositional approach blends the real with the fantastical: it derives from her own sense-perception of time. Time has no climate, it goes on indefinitely, and can be folded in on itself; it self-generates, occasionally producing an offshoot, and in other times it reflects back. Shanshui is a world of myriad cliffs and ravines, and time opens up within its folds and layers. It is from within these folds that we travel forth to other dimensions.'
Painter and Author, his most recent book is Night-shining White (Zhao Yebai), published in 2017
Excerpt from 'A Tale of Layered Mountains: Interpreting Luo Ying's Shanshui Painting'
Press release courtesy Hanart TZ Gallery.
Luo Ying is a purist. The professor of traditional Chinese painting practises what she teaches: her classical ink landscape paintings borrow techniques and styles of brushwork used as far back as the Song dynasty (960 – 1279AD).