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b. 1940, China

Qiu Shihua Biography

In a typical painting by Qiu Shihua (邱世华), what first appears as a blank canvas reveals itself to the careful observer as a delicately executed landscape shrouded in layers of pale paint. Requiring sustained gaze to reveal their contents, the works contain natural forms such as tufts of grass, trees or the line of a mountain ridge.

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The careful balance between absence and presence in Qiu's works is in line with his Taoist beliefs, which place importance on the harmonious interaction between opposite forces in the cosmos. To achieve this balance, Qiu first applies the outline of a scene in a dark colour before obscuring it with multiple layers of semi-transparent oil paint.

Born in 1940 in Zhizhong in China's Sichuan province, Qiu completed his training in oil painting at Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in 1962. At the time of his graduation, Qiu's painting style closely followed the stylistic tenets of Socialist Realism. Throughout the Cultural Revolution and up until 1984, the artist worked painting posters for a cinema in Tongchuan.

Travel has been markedly impactful on Qiu's style. In 1988, Qiu went to the Gobi Desert, which influenced the development of his vast, open scenes. After travelling to Europe in the early 1990s, Qiu began moving away from the traditional Shan Shui style (a method of Chinese landscape painting that dates from as early as the Tang Dynasty [618–907]) to embrace new aesthetic approaches. This shift was most distinct in his decision to use oil paint over ink or aquarelle, along with his intentional obscuring of the scene.

From afar, Qiu's minimalist rendering might be interpreted by a Western eye as monochromes in the vein of Robert Rauschenberg or Yves Klein. Yet Qiu's work, through its combination of Eastern and Western approaches, rejects approximation to one specific style or movement. Instead, Qiu offers viewers quietly ambivalent images—asserted in his decision to leave all of his works untitled—that provide the visual space for a moment of meditation. Time is thus a crucial component of the viewing experience of Qiu's work, in a similar manner to the time required before an image might appear when processing a photograph in a darkroom.

Qiu's paintings were presented in the artist's first European retrospective in 2012 at Hamburger Bahnhof. Qiu's work has been included in a number of exhibitions, including the 23rd Bienal de São Paulo (1996), the 5th Shanghai Biennale (2004) and Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2013).

Qiu lives and works between Beijing and Shenzhen.

Tessa Moldan | Ocula | 2018

Qiu Shihua, Untitled (1997) (detail). Oil on canvas. 70 x 90 cm. Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile. 

Qiu Shihua Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Qiu Shihua contemporary artwork
Qiu ShihuaUntitled, 1997Oil on canvas
70 x 90 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire about this work
Untitled by Qiu Shihua contemporary artwork
Qiu ShihuaUntitled, 2009Oil on canvas
70 x 110 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire about this work
Untitled by Qiu Shihua contemporary artwork
Qiu ShihuaUntitled, 2016Oil on canvas
128 x 234 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire about this work
2018.7.7 by Qiu Shihua contemporary artwork
Qiu Shihua2018.7.7, 2018Oil on Canvas
100 x 200 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
untitled by Qiu Shihua contemporary artwork
Qiu Shihuauntitled, 2017Oil on canvas
83 x 147 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire about this work
Landscape《風景》 by Qiu Shihua contemporary artwork
Qiu ShihuaLandscape《風景》, 1997Oil on canvas
55 x 92 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
Landscape《風景》 by Qiu Shihua contemporary artwork
Qiu ShihuaLandscape《風景》, 1997Oil on canvas
55 x 92 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work

Qiu Shihua Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Qiu Shihua, Empty / Not Empty at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
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28 March–31 May 2020 Qiu Shihua Empty / Not Empty Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Qiu Shihua, Dawn Light 曙光 at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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31 August–6 October 2018 Qiu Shihua Dawn Light 曙光 Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Qiu Shihua, Solo Exhibition at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
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20 May–6 August 2017 Qiu Shihua Solo Exhibition Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing

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Art Insider: Johnson Chang Related Press Art Insider: Johnson Chang 27 September 2018, Hong Kong Tatler

With his thick-rimmed glasses, Mandarin-collar jacket and broad smile, Johnson Chang is an instantly recognisable figure at many of Hong Kong's art events—but he's famous for far more than his fashion sense.

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Qiu Shihua Related Press Qiu Shihua 3 November 2013, Frieze

At the mention of 'contemporary Chinese painting', many in the West think of stereotyped images of grotesquely overdrawn laughing Communist Party officials.

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