Acrylic and chinese ink on professional photography paper and rice paper mounted on linen
Dimensions: 150cm (H) x 220cm (W) / 59.1" (H) x 86.6" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Much like how contemporary art has evolved in the region, the paradigm of landscape in art has shifted dramatically over the centuries. In the Western painting tradition, landscape as a genre only became official in the 16th century and despite this, it was still lowly ranked in the hierarchy of painting genres. However, landscape art in China became established long before it became a genre of its own right in the West via the landscape portrayal of Shan Shui, and very much remains popular in this day and age. The philosophy of Shan Shui predicates that painting is not merely an open window for the viewer’s eye, but rather an object for the viewer’s mind.
In that same vein of thinking, Gestures of Landscape presents works that provoke the human mind with shadows and silhouettes of landscape, allowing viewers an opportunity to see past preconceived notions of nature and creating new opportunities for understanding via the atmosphere, mood, spirit, and the simplest of pictorial means. In all the selected works, the abstraction of the landscape is accomplished through a range of techniques applied on two and three-dimensional planes. Though each artist is dealing with the notion of landscape, there is a great variety of aesthetic and emotional differences among the works.
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur
Based in: Beijing
Wong Perng Fey (b.1974, Kuala Lumpur) is an artist that has built his reputation as an experimental and versatile painter since his graduation from the Malaysian Institute of Art under the school's scholarship in 1998. He was awarded the Artist Residency in Rimbun Dahan, Kuang in 2002. His works are in many prominent public collections such as the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur and Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur. He lives and works in Beijing.
Perng Fey's gestural paintings of figures, nature, and natural vistas fluctuate between abstraction and figuration with an acute sensitivity to colors, layers and textures. His body of work, consisting of a diverse subject matter, ranging from traditional landscape and portraiture to abstraction exhibits a talented and confident brush play. The canvas, becoming more than a picture plane, is transformed into a 'stage' for the documentation of actions and mistakes. It becomes a space that records gestures and mental states.
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