ICAS September 2014 Residency 'INK Platter'
Friday October 3rd, 2014
Article By Xizhong Zhang & Clint Slowik

  • Artist Wang Huanbo painting on location
  • Resident Artists painting in Norwich Connecticut
  • Artist Deng Shi Hua painting on location
  • Resident Artists Painting in East Lyme Connecticut
  • Artist Zhao Qin painting on location
  • Artist Su You Hui painting on location
  • Resident Artists relaxing
  • Residents and Qimin Liu on a ceramics studio visit
The International Contemporary Artist Space (ICAS)'s artists for September of 2014 have been an incredible group of artists with tremendous dedication and passion for their artwork. This group to every possible opportunity to explore and capture the landscapes that Connecticut had to offer. There was hardly ever a day which they spend with brush absent from hand, creating stunningly masterful renditions of the typical Autumn New England landscapes but with distinct traditional Chinese ink painting style. Masters of the style, Deng Shihua, Wang Huanbo, Su Youhui, and Zhao Qin come away from the program rich with new experiences, explorations, and memories which will continue to bleed into their art form, much like the beautiful ink and water color washes of their pieces.

Deng Shihua has focused on the Chinese painting medium for forty years. Instead of pursing the new artistic and political fashion, he tries to find his own
artistic voice in the intersection of his inner being and the contemporary era. In order to reach the acme of perfection in Chinese painting, he tries to understand and control the aesthetic meaning of free hand brush works of Chinese painting through his studies. As a result, by using 'Free hand' style and ignoring the physical form, his works create a sense of flexibility and mystery, and express unique spatial form of the image.

Wang Huanbo has engaged in Chinese landscape painting for a long period of time. By executing the concept of 'learning spirit' From Li Keran, who is an important figure of Chinese landscape painting history, he deeply studied the theory and technique of Chinese landscape painting, and researched a large number of classical works. In the past ten years, he constantly studied and experienced his own understanding of nature and daily life. After thirty years of hard exploration, his works inherit the spirit of northern landscape faction, and he finally forms his own simple and honest artistic style.

Su Youhui was born in southern China, he successively studied arts and crafts, Chinese landscape painting, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese strong-color painting. He devotes himself in studying Chinese landscape painting and exploring artistic principles from ancient classical paintings. His works mainly influenced by the artistic concept of old masters Huang Binhong, Li Keran and his teacher Jia Youfu. After studying from old tradition, on the one hand, he goes back to nature, and on the other hand, he also pays attention to Chinese calligraphy, seal cutting and sculpture. His works show the contrast between brush works and pictorial elements in harmony. The composition of his works are composed based on the nature, but due to his artistic decision and intellectual thoughts, it surpasses the surface of nature. He achieves a higher level that uses composition as a vehicle to express his consciousness and emotion, literary heritage and his character inside of his heart.

Zhao Qin teaches in Beijing and works in his studio in Nan Jing. He is not only producing Chinese landscape paintings, but also focuses on the exploration of Chinese calligraphy. In his research studies, he tries to show the unique feature of Chinese culture. He argued that the development and innovation of artistic style should comprehend the essence aspect of traditional achievements, as thus, the creation will possesses historical value. So from his works, the audiences can experience artist's quite, classical and thoughtful personality, and the cultural tradition features in his works.

These four Chinese artists are from different areas of China, but the same artistic ambition brought them together to study in Central Academy of Fine Arts. So their works collectively represent the features of contemporary Chinese painting from different artistic backgrounds. Their continuing goal is to offer a show case of comparison and understanding of the concept of eastern and western art, and promoting the tolerance of different ideas and reinforce the unique quality of different national style.