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Chinese ink art paints the world

By Zhu Linyong  (China Daily)

08:37, May 24, 2012

Feng Yuan believes Chinese ink art still has its distinctive value and should win a wider audience. Zou Hong / China Daily

As China's influence continues to grow globally, so should its ink paintings and artists, says Feng Yuan, vice-chairman of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles.

"I believe Chinese ink art still has its distinctive value, artistically and socially," says the 60-year-old, whose first solo show ended recently at the National Art Museum of China.

"It is time for Chinese ink artists to reach out and win a wider audience with creative works that truly reflect social reality."

After its Beijing debut, the solo show is expected to tour Jiangsu's provincial capital Nanjing, Zhejiang's provincial capital Hangzhou and Shanghai.

The exhibition "creates a fleshy portrait of Feng's three-decade career, with about 1,400 ink figure paintings, landscapes, and abstract and calligraphic works, rendered in evolving styles", National Art Museum of China director Fan Di'an says.

Feng says Chinese ink paintings boast of a long and glorious history, and has made unprecedented advancement over the past few decades, especially in terms of styles and techniques.

But many people still view Chinese ink art as outdated, conservative and irrelevant, and confined to intelligentsia and a handful of collectors.

It has been excluded from so-called contemporary Chinese art, which includes oil painting, prints, video art, sculptures and installations.

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