A Brush with Nature: Contemporary Chinese Painting by Rong-Gen Yin
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world.
Traditional Chinese painting uses many of the same techniques as calligraphy, where gesture and control of the brush form part of the artistic method. Since earliest times nature, in particular the landscape and the creatures that inhabit it, has been the main source of inspiration for Chinese artists.
Rong-Gen Yin, originally from Shanghai, began painting in the traditional Chinese manner in the 1970s. During the 1980s he was a member of an artist collective and had occasions to tutor painting in Japan and Germany. Having come to Northern Ireland in 2003 Rong-gen has continued to paint and teach traditional Chinese painting techniques. Rong-Gen practises the two main techniques of Chinese painting – Gongbi, where intricate brushstrokes form detailed coloured landscapes, which can include narrative themes and Xieyi, which is much looser using bold brushstrokes and watercolour wash.
Following the huge success of his inaugural exhibition in 2018, Rong-Gen’s new collection will be on show in four museums across Northern Ireland from January to November 2019.
Normal admission rates apply.
Caption image accompanying the blurb:
‘The Autumn Moon’ by Rong-Gen Yin