Silent Ritual: Zai Kuang & Xiaoyu Bai Paintings

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Silent Ritual: Zai Kuang & Xiaoyu Bai Paintings

Presented with Chinese Ceramics and Scholar Objects

The Exhibition
Subtle modulations of light and tone animate the oil paintings of artists ZaiKuang and Xiaoyu Bai. They have been painting since the mid 1980s and their works range across monochromatic domestic interiors and nature studies, in each case producing contemplative scenes that suggest universal awareness before shifting to single-pointed focus.

Their works are the product of a disciplined approach to painting; yet unlike many Chinese artists of the ‘85 New Wave Movement who embraced iconoclastic practices, their tendency is to invoke an entirely refined modality reminiscent of classical Chinese aesthetics. The coloration of Qingbai, celadon and persimmon glazes are echoed in these paintings, while the simplicity of the ‘chawan’ tea bowl and the daily rituals it contains are suggested in the casual placement of objects. Naturalism and simplicity of form were highly valued by Song Dynasty scholars and are here reflected in these paintings.

Dr Damian Smith
Dr Smith is a curator, art historian, academic and gallery director whose interests include contemporary Australian and Chinese art and expanded curatorial practice. Dr Smith’s bi-lingual monograph The Geoff Raby Collection of Contemporary Chinese Art was published in 2018 by the University of Western Sydney. Damian is also President of the Australian Chinese Art Research Institute, Secretary of AICA Australia (International Association of Art Critics, UNESCEO sponsored) and Fellow of the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA), University of Melbourne. He is the Director of the ACEA Gallery.

Luke Guan
Luke is the director of L Guan Asian art and a Culture Gift Program valuer. He is also the Asian art curator of Artvisory auction house. Prior to founding L Guan Asian Art, Luke worked for several years as a specialist at Chinese works of art department at Christie’s (London, Hong Kong and New York), and as Asian art specialist at Mossgreen, Australia. He also served as a researcher and specialist at one of the world’s leading Chinese art galleries, Joyce Gallery, Hong Kong, for several years prior to joining Mossgreen.

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7 August, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST
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