Connoisseur Art Gallery is pleased to welcome 2016 with a solo exhibition of ink and colour artist Song Yu Min (b. 1940, Hebei, China) this month. The works, completed between the 1990s to 2003 when the artist retired, are from our gallery collection and feature landscapes from China as well as Japan, where the artist held solo shows in different cities for seven consecutive years from 1988 to 1994.
Song’s innovative and sometimes whimsical compositions not only emphasise the beauty of the places he had travelled extensively to within China, but often, they carry symbolisms in the Chinese culture. From personal thoughts or extracts of Chinese classical poetry penned on the pieces, we appreciate even more, his deep love for nature.
Song had earmed the title of a “National First Class Artist”, the highest honour given by the Chinese government to a Chinese artist and subsequently became the second artist, after Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010), to hold a solo exhibition at the National Art Museum in Beijing in 1996. His work is also in the collection of the Great Hall of People in Beijing.