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17 Jan 2020 - 29 Mar 2020
Kindly note the exhibition dates have been updated.

The Chinese ink painter Hou Beiren has lived and worked in northern California for the last sixty years. Clouds of Ink, Pools of Colour: Paintings by Hou Beiren is the first exhibition of his splashed ink landscape paintings in Hong Kong. 

Splashed ink painting can be traced to the Tang (618–907) and Southern Song (1127–1279) dynasties. After the fourteenth century, with changes in artistic taste, literati brushwork and painting dominated. But splashed ink remained popular in Japan, in ink wash painting of the Muromachi Period (1333–1578). 

In the 1950s, splashed ink experienced a revival at the hands of the great Chinese painter Zhang Daqian (1899–1983) who saw in it a response to the Abstract Expressionist paintwork then prevalent in Western modernist art. Zhang personally inspired Hou, who has since developed his splashed ink landscape painting into his own unique painting idiom. 

Hou’s landscapes rework the tropes of the traditional literati Chinese landscape, combining animated vortices of ink with swathes of colour into atmospheric meditations on both the practise of ink painting and the inheritance of traditional ink painting. 

The Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support and cooperation of the Hou Beiren Art Gallery (侯北人美術館) in Kunshan, Jiangsu province in arranging and lending this exhibition. 
Image: Elegant Gathering on a Spring Mountain. 2002, Ink and watercolour on paper, 76 x 141 cm


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