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Spiritual Affinity in Chinese Art: An Exhibition of Fan Painting and Calligraphy by Yiwen Zhu

BY Fo Guang Yuan Melbourne Art Gallery | 27-Nov-2017
This solo exhibition of Chinese Art presents Yiwen Zhu's Chinese art on fan, calligraphy and landscapes paintings, completed within the past 10 years. Yiwen Zhu (b. 1950) is a well-known Chinese painting and calligraphy artist from Shanghai. Zhu was strongly influenced by his scholarly family background, and his pursuit of Chinese arts and literature was nurtured from when he was young. Zhu has been eagerly involved in education and promotion associated with Chinese calligraphy and painting and an enthusiastic supporter of charities by donating the earnings from his art auctions to disaster reliefs. From learning to teaching Chinese calligraphy, Zhu bears the responsibility to inherit and promote the culture of traditional China and create good spiritual affinity with people through Chinese art.
This solo exhibition of Chinese Art presents Yiwen Zhu’s Chinese art on fan, calligraphy and landscapes paintings, completed within the past ten years.

Yiwen Zhu (b. 1950) is a well-known Chinese painting and calligraphy artist from Shanghai. Zhu was strongly influenced by his scholarly family background, and his pursuit of Chinese arts and literature was nurtured from when he was young.

Zhu began his artistic career as a calligrapher. Chinese calligraphy – the art of handwriting – presents the art of line based on the writing of Chinese characters. The formation of Chinese characters, unique characteristics of a style of writing and the overall composition are the primary elements that create the beauty of calligraphy. Since ancient times in China, writing is an art highly valued and appreciated, besides solely fulfilling the function of documentation and communication. Different styles of calligraphy embody the potential of Chinese characters as the subject of artistic creation.

From Zhu’s work we could see his control, skill and exquisite workmanship in traditional styles of calligraphy. In recent years, Zhu has created the majority of his paintings and calligraphy on fans. Unlike hanging and hand scrolls, a fan is in the shape of an arc which is wider at the top and narrower at the bottom and thus requires extraordinary skills in composition. Zhu also uses traditional techniques of Chinese painting to paint his recollections of the landscapes of mountains and streams of China. After migrating to Australia, he experimented with new forms of painting.

Zhu has been eagerly involved in education and promotion associated with Chinese calligraphy and painting and an enthusiastic supporter of charities by donating the earnings from his art auctions to disaster reliefs. From his young days and throughout the years in his long journey, from learning to teaching Chinese calligraphy, Zhu bears the responsibility to inherit and promote the culture of traditional China and create good spiritual affinity with people through Chinese art.