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b. 1963, China

Huang Yuanqing Biography

Huang Yuanqing is a leading figure of Chinese calligraphic abstraction—a genre of art that combines the aesthetics and techniques of traditional Chinese calligraphy with those of Western Abstract Expressionism. He graduated from the Oil Painting department of Shanghai Normal University in 1989 and currently lives and works in Shanghai.

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As a contemporary literati artist, Huang's practice is heavily indebted to the Chinese ancient theory regarding the homology between calligraphy and painting. He abnegates the inherent ideographic function of calligraphy, and transforms its visual elements—lines, strokes and momentum—into abstract paintings. The rhythms of his paintings are not in perfect harmony and often embody conflicting qualities, suggesting elusive narratives beneath their surfaces. Contrary to the principles of calligraphy, his works are created over a period of time, sometimes taking months or even years. Hence, temporality and spontaneity are considered key elements in the development of his works.

Huang's early canvases are dominated by white and neutral tones. The graffiti-like scribbles and scratches in some pieces are reminiscent of Cy Twombly's works. In recent years, he has used increasingly vibrant colours as he searches for more drama and zeal. For example, in Untitled 2016-10, stipples and strokes in varying shades of red, yellow, grey and brown are densely layered against a light pink background. Through its mesmerising composition, the contradictory senses of lightness and heaviness are conveyed simultaneously.

Sophia Bingqin Cao | Ocula | 2017

Huang Yuanqing Featured Artworks

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Untitled 2014-2017 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang YuanqingUntitled 2014-2017, 2017Acrylic on linen
160 x 120 cm
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Untitled 2018-01 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang YuanqingUntitled 2018-01, 2018Acrylic and oil on linen
175 x 140 cm
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Untitled 2015-2018 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang YuanqingUntitled 2015-2018, 2018Acrylic on linen
150 x 80 cm
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Untitled 2013-2016 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang YuanqingUntitled 2013-2016, 2016Oil on canvas
160 x 120 cm
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Untitled 2016-14 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang YuanqingUntitled 2016-14, 2016Acrylic on canvas
130 x 150 cm
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Untitled 2012-2017 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang YuanqingUntitled 2012-2017, 2017Acrylic and oil on canvas
130 x 150 cm
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Untitled 2017-34 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang YuanqingUntitled 2017-34, 2017Acrylic on linen
200 x 300 cm
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Untitled 2017-20 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang YuanqingUntitled 2017-20, 2017Acrylic on linen
170 x 210 cm
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Huang Yuanqing Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Scripts, Traces, and the Unpredictable 未来脚本 at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
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15 January–15 March 2019 Group exhibition Scripts, Traces, and the Unpredictable 未来脚本 Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Huang Yuanqing, Motives of Lines at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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27 March–11 May 2018 Huang Yuanqing Motives of Lines Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong

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