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Ink-wash paintings have dreamy effect

ARTIST Yu Qiping's ink-wash paintings can have a soothing, calming, dreamy effect on a viewer.

Yu's solo exhibition features his latest pieces at J Gallery through September 10.

Yu does not paint panoramic landscapes nor majestic mountains with fine details in a meticulous manner. His works are characterized by simplified forms, pictorial compositions and spatial treatments.

Born in 1957 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Yu says the city's profound culture has influenced him significantly since Nanjing used to the capital for six ancient dynasties.

"I can't describe it in words," he says. "But if you have been to Nanjing, you will immediately experience it."

In 1991, Yu was spotted by a Japanese collector who invited him to Japan.

Spending nearly two decades there, Yu's brushstrokes have also been influenced by Japanese culture.

Due to the profound Zen meanings hidden in his paintings, Yu's art is well received in Japan.

In recent years, he has spent most of his time in China.

His paintings have a kind of absorbed, mysterious and old-time beauty, each of which deserve a deeper look.

It all leaves the impression that Yu is at peace with the world and that his paintings are a place for his soul to rest far from the mundane world we inhabit today.

Date: through September 10, 10am-7pm

Venue: Xuhui Creative Industrial Park, Bldg 9, 140 Tianlin Rd

Tel: 3367-6516


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