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Ink-wash master of crashing waterfalls

A SOLO exhibition by Macau's distinguished ink-wash painter Sun Jiangtao is underway at the Shanghai Art Museum, marking the 10th anniversary of Macau's return to the motherland.

Sun is director of the Traditional Ink-wash Painting and Calligraphy Institute of Macau.

He is known for his dramatic "river deep and mountain high" style that emphasizes the beauty of nature.

His paintings have a bold and masculine air, which makes him stand out from many of his peers.

"Sun is skilled at depicting the waterfall crashing down the mountain, adding splendor to his paintings," says Li Lei, director of the museum.

The implication in his paintings is expressed by a famous Chinese poem - "When I shall reach the summit and hold all mountains in a single glance."

"Sun has inherited the essence of traditional ink-wash painting, but also maintains his distinct personal style evoking "river deep and mountain high," Li says.

Sun was born in 1960 in a small village in Jiangsu Province and received a doctoral degree at the Nanjing Academy of Fine Art. There he studied the styles of Liu Haisu (1896-1994) and Fu Baoshi (1904-65).

He developed his own style using color splashes and bold strokes.

"Sun is a good example for the development of Chinese traditional ink-wash paintings," Li says. "Apart from technique, the pursuit of spirit and real passion toward nature are sometimes most important."

Date: through January 3, 9am-5pm

Address: 325 Nanjing Rd W.

Tel: 6327-2829


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