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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

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Echo on Paper, ARARIO GALLERY SHANGHAI (20 June–23 August 2020). Courtesy ARARIO GALLERY.

Huang Yuanqing Featured Artworks

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2020-z-1 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang Yuanqing2020-z-1, 2020宣纸综合材料 Mixed media on rice paper
134 x 96 cm
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2017-2020-z-1 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang Yuanqing2017-2020-z-1, 2017–2020宣纸综合材料 Mixed media on rice paper
82 x 96 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
2014-z-4 by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang Yuanqing2014-z-4, 2014宣纸综合材料 Mixed media on rice paper
74 x 64 cm
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UNTITLED by Huang Yuanqing contemporary artwork
Huang YuanqingUNTITLED, 1998–2020宣纸综合材料 Mixed media on rice paper
77 x 55 cm
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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
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery

Huang Yuanqing Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Qiang, Jing Shijian, Huang Yuanqing, Echo on Papers at Arario Gallery, Shanghai
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20 June–23 August 2020 Chen Qiang, Jing Shijian, Huang Yuanqing Echo on Papers Arario GalleryShanghai
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 GalleriesShanghai
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 GalleriesPedder Street, Hong Kong

Huang Yuanqing Represented By

Arario Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Arario Gallery Cheonan, Seoul, Shanghai
Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in Pedder Street, Hong Kong Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai

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