By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Lan Zhenghui)
Lan Zhenghui, one of China’s renowned artists, was invited to present his own interpretation of contemporary art during Hong Kong’s Art Week 2016. Lan’s dramatic new “Ink Monument” has been labeled another masterpiece. His U.S. tour will include a residency in New York and university lectures.
You wouldn’t miss his painting as it rises 16 feet above the exhibit floor with a four-sided column of large-scale ink paintings on rice paper. “Ink Monument” makes a dramatic statement. Lan’s unique painting techniques create stand-out combinations of traditional Chinese paintings with modern paintings. The Chinese traditional unrestricted free-flowing brush expresses the artist’s emotions without boundaries yet, adding modern painting techniques offers more possibilities encouraging Lan to become even bolder and expand upon his moods and inspirations.
Lan Zhenghui explained, “The focus of my work is the profound consideration and the emotion of the ink. What makes this new installation completely different for me is that I have been challenged by dimensions required by the selection committee and translating this into the necessary sense of space – to then construct a dignified phenomenon of transcending tragedy, representing the mortality we all face. I would have liked to reach higher to even greater heights.”
Lan’s expressions are described by museums, “He lets the ink follow and discover its own momentum in bold, kinetic, strokes. He has liberated ink from being determined by form. But the spirits of Chinese landscape linger like ghosts in the canvas. They haunt both the process – the brushstrokes, the vectoring – and the resulting shapes. Mountains, rivers, storms, even figures, surge and evaporate subliminally.”
Born in Sichuan China in 1959, Lan graduated in 1987 from one of China’s most prestigious art academies, the Sichuan Academy of Art (famous alumni include Zhang Xiaogang and Zhou Chunya). He has focused his career working in contemporary ink painting and calligraphy, and his powerful ink movement is based on more than 20 years of passionate research for his vision of constructing art via ink traditions in new ways. Known for monumental, large-scale abstract ink paintings, Lan’s work departs from Chinese ink traditions through his raw individualism, (a rarity in China), emotional expressiveness, and physicality. This results in bold, varying densities of ink application and the artist splashing ink directly onto the paper. Preferring a freehanded approach instead of a brushstroke, in 2000 Lan launched the “power brush” movement. The artist has been selected by some of the world’s leading luxury brands for special projects, including Mercedes-Maybach and Volkswagen Phaeton. For information about Lan Zhenghui or where to see his art, contact William Spring & Jose Lima: NewsTravelsFast@outlook.com Award winning Syndicated Columnist Sandy Zimmerman Reviews Shows/ Restaurants/ travel/ cars/ health/ luxury and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. Suggest topics for articles or ask questions, please contact Sandy at (702)-731-6491. firstname.lastname@example.org