SOLO EXHIBITION

Dawo Art in 30 Years

07.03– 30.04/2015
3812 Contemporary Art Projects

10/F, 12 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong

Artistic Director: Calvin Hui
Academic Advisor: Dr. Xia Kejun

This exhibition pays tribute to Mr. Zhang Dawo, a seventy-year-old artist living in China/Australia, for being the most enduring, the most representative and the most accomplished master in the search of contemporary calligraphic art and writing, in present China. Throughout his thirty years of practice, he makes important contributions in the conversion of ink writing from traditional to modern art. This exhibition presents the entire evolution of Dawo’s artistic pathway.

Based on ink strokes, Dawo’s work releases calligraphic art from its traditional boundaries. In the early stage in the 1980s, he tried to trace the origin of Chinese hieroglyphic characters without being confined to the shape or meaning of existing characters. By doing so, he enriched the pictographs and innovated the lyrical texture of the calligraphy.

At the beginning of the 1990s, Mr. Zhang settled in Australia and began his unique creation of ‘Dawo Miaomo’ (Chinese ink art). By virtue of his fathomless imagination, he used the concentrated ink foam to spurt out the lifeless ink into forceful images, which though abstract, still allude to nature’s illusions, as if like a dragon or clouds. His works seem to be syncopated music, like the dance of nature, awakening the willpower long concealed in Chinese civilization. His brush strokes go through the mirror of tradition to reflect the contemporary world and boundless vitality.

After 2000, Dawo adopted a new style – ‘Tushouxian’ (barehanded lines), which allows the lines of Chinese ink to be independent and self-assured, while preserving the “flying white” (space) which features in traditional calligraphy. The images are as if shooting from the ground, or falling from the skies. The strength and flexibility lying in the strokes take us right through the ancient and modern times of Chinese culture as well as humanity and nature.

The latest series ‘Shengming Xuanxian‘ (life archeline) departs totally from the abstract defined in Western paintings. It expresses life’s energetic essence in nature and thus deviates from the common trend of abstract painting. ‘The suppleness of the brush gives birth to the magic of ink art.’ Giving birth to his brush, the ‘wild lines’ interact and intermingle with the “flying space” . Dawo presents here his signature rhythm, like the sound of heaven.

Dawo’s ink lines have overcome the notion that there is no true line in nature. Nature may not have true geometrical lines, but lines of growth are ubiquitous. The cursive lines that Dawo uses are laden with natural elements, in harmony with the natural pace, showing its soft and free growing force.

Dawo’s works can be regarded as an example of how traditional calligraphy metamorphoses to contemporary art. His works, inspired by calligraphy, heading for modern writing art, reaching the essence of nature, can be an inspirational source for us to conceive another modernity of Art.

Big Bird

徒手線 050 Barehanded Lines 050_70x137cm_紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper_2009

Barehanded Lines 050

Miao Mo 0129

Artwork

張大我,《水鄉 002》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Water Village 002’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 67 cm x 133 cm, 1998

張大我,《宇宙玄音 001》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Music from the Sphere 001’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 32 cm x 32 cm , 2000

張大我,《妙墨 0126 》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Miao Mo 0126’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 47 cm x 49 cm, 1997

張大我,《妙墨 0129 》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Miao Mo 0129’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 47 cm x 49 cm, 1994

張大我,《妙墨 0198》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Miao Mo 0198’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 68 cm x 68 cm, 1997

張大我,《妙墨 石之花魂》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Miao Mo, Flower Power in the Rock’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 69 cm x 137 cm, 1998

張大我,《妙墨 冰島紀事 058》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Miao Mo, Impression of Iceland 058’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 55 cm x 55 cm, 2002

張大我,《妙墨 昔日的風采》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Miao Mo, The Past Glory’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 67 cm x 67.5 cm, 1996

張大我,《筆走龍蛇 007》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Bi Zou Long She’ 007 ‘, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 82 cm x 295 cm, 2007

張大我,《噴勃 007 》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Propulsion 007’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 69 cm x 136.5 cm, 1997

張大我,《妙墨 0016 – 線的迷茫 》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Miao Mo 0016 – The Perplexity of Xian’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 64.5 cm x 130 cm, 1996

張大我,《線的自然 001》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘The Xian of Nature 001’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 50 cm x 228 cm, 1998

張大我,《大鳥》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Big Bird’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 83 cm x 89 cm, 2006

張大我,《天堂裡的回音》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘The Echo from Heaven’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 96 cm x 180.5 cm, 2010

張大我,《皮影在印尼》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Wayang Kulit’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 177 cm x 93.5 cm, 1998

張大我,《徒手線 001》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Barehanded Lines 001’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 134 cm x 67 cm, 2006

張大我,《徒手線 040》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Barehanded Lines 040’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 67 cm x 83 cm, 2006

張大我,《徒手線 050》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Barehanded Lines 050’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 70 cm x 137 cm, 2009

張大我,《舞姿 徒手線 076》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Choreography Barehanded Lines 076’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 68 cm x 139 cm, 2007

張大我,《舞姿 徒手線 078》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Choreography Barehanded Lines 078’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 68.5 cm x 138 cm, 2007

張大我,《《觸感》玄色 004 》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Chu-Gan’ Xuan Tone 004′, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 69 cm x 269 cm, 2010

張大我,《生命玄線 001》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Life Archeline 001’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 69 cm x 135.5 cm, 2011

張大我,《生命玄線 003》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Life Archeline 003’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 69 cm x 131.5 cm, 2011

張大我,《生命玄線 020》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Life Archeline 020’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 168 cm x 89 cm, 2011

張大我,《生命玄線 0032》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Life Archeline 0032’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 110 cm x 110 cm, 2011

張大我,《生命玄線 0036》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Life Archeline 0036’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 110 cm x 110 cm, 2011

張大我,《生命玄線 0037》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Life Archeline 0037’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 110 cm x 110 cm, 2011

張大我,《生命玄線 075》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Life Archeline 075’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 110 cm x 110 cm, 2011

張大我,《生命玄線 0135》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Life Archeline 0135’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 89 cm x 179 cm, 2011

張大我,《生命玄線 0761 林中之二》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Life Archeline 0761 Amid the forest B’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 68 cm x 131 cm, 2013

張大我,《千年情書 013》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter 013’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 29 cm x 19 cm, 2000

張大我,《千年情書 0079》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter 0079’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 30 cm x 21 cm, 2013

張大我,《千年情書 0112》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter 0112’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 29 cm x 21 cm, 2003

張大我,《千年情書 0167》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter 0167’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 29 cm x 19 cm, 2009

張大我,《千年情書 0210》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter 0210’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 33 cm x 22 cm, 2009

張大我,《千年情書 0214》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter 0214’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 32 cm x 21 cm, 2008

張大我,《千年情書 0215》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter 0215’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 29 cm x 19 cm, 2009

張大我,《千年情書 0218》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter 0218’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 32 cm x 21 cm, 2008

張大我,《千年情書 0242》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter 0242’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 20 cm x 18 cm, 1999

張大我,《千年情書 雙聯 021》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter, paired, 021’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 32 cm x 42.5 cm, 2012

張大我,《千年情書 雙聯 024》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter, paired, 024’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 33 cm x 42.5 cm, 2012

張大我,《千年情書 雙聯 0211》, 紙本水墨 Zhang Dawo, ‘Millennium Love Letter, paired, 0211’, Chinese ink on xuan paper, 21.5 cm x 32.5 cm, 2012