A master landscape painter in the Chinese ink wash tradition is holding a residency this week in conjunction with the Honor’s Term of Yikang Luo ’14. Over the summer close to 30 of Master Zhang Gin’s Landscape paintings arrived on campus. They have been framed and installed into the North Gallery and the Sculpture Courtyard of the Wright Museum of Art and will remain there through November. There will be a reception with the artist on Thursday October 30, starting at 4:30.
Born in Bejing in 1958, Master Zhang moved to Xi’an in 1968, where he studied with Msters Shi Lu and He Haixia. Returning to Beijing in 1976, he continued his studies with Master Lian Shunian. In 1978 he began his teaching career. Currently he is an appraiser for the Rongbaozhai Gallery and Auction House and an associate dean at the Hebei College of Fine Arts.
As an introduction to the concept of ink wash painting the exhibit catalog includes an interview with Master Zhang Gin. One question that, when answered, illustrates the east-west divide that this residency and exhibition embodies is as follows:
Q: What’s the way forward for modern Chinese ink-wash painting?
A: In this present age of cultural interaction between East and West, modern ink-wash painting artists ought to follow a path that is uniquely their own. As guiding principles, they should 1) “seek to express contemporary Chinese experiences and reality by drawing inspiration from both classical Chinese and Western sources,” and 2) “seek to incorporate ‘Western Learning’ into the framework of the Chinese intellectual tradition.”