by Tai Xiangzhou (b. 1968)
ink on paper, 2008
Signature: Xiangzhou, seal: Tai
Height: 14 7/8 inches (37.8 cm.)
Length: 54 ¾ inches (139 cm.)
Tai Xiangzhou was born in 1968 in Yinchuan, China and worked for many years in digital media and cultural exhibitions before returning to his first passion: ink painting. Under the tutelage of Liu Dan since 2006, Tai Xiangzhou breathes a modern spirit into the classical Chinese art form. His deeply imagined landscapes are both poetic and bold, from robust mountain crevasses to fluttering leafy branches.
Tai’s unfolding landscapes filled with evocative details invite the viewer to contemplate not just the features of the natural world but how they echo the dimensions of a spiritual one.
Tai is well-known for his exacting standards for materials. The paper for his paintings is made with 10th century techniques that yield a silk-like quality, and he only uses Qianlong-era ink. The romance between ink and paper is evident in his sublime visual poetics of mountain, water, wood, and calligraphy.
Tai Xiangzhou’s works can be found in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in St. Louis, Missouri and soon in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. at the Art Academy of Qing Hua University with Bao Lin as advisor.