Song Yu Min | Gao Yi | Works on Paper

Group Exhibition
10 Aug - 22 Aug 2017
Hong Kong

This summer in August, Connoisseur Art Gallery invites you to an exhibition of works on paper of two artists, Song Yu Min and Gao Yi; the former born in 1940 and the latter more than four decades later, in 1987. Together they form a surprising and stimulating show of paintings with a shared medium of paper displaying their individual techniques and styles.

Based on the traditional practice of Chinese ink painting, Song Yu Min preserves the techniques of lines and strokes, while merging them with the sumptuous colours of Chinese pigments to express his emotions towards the spiritual majesty of mountains and rhythmic flow of rivers. Like a poet, he then expresses them philosophically by painting, splashing and dotting with ease and mastery, the ink and colours on paper. Song insists of using natural pigments on his paintings and is meticulously attentive to what he does, with no intention of taking the short cut.

As an emerging contemporary artist, Gao Yi seeks her personal breakthrough via paper; assimilating the visual language of contemporary art with the traditions and customs of Chinese art and culture. The traces of Western art styles or compositions, such as those by Chagall, Goya and Michelangelo, are obvious in Gao’s work. At the same time, also reflected is her identity as a Chinese; attributed to the inspiring and non-rigid guidance of her art teacher at a Children’s Palace (a community-based after school centre) in her hometown in Nanjing, China. Using Chinese pigment, ink, pencil and coffee; her work is dreamlike, light-hearted and romantic.

Song Yu Min was born in Hebei, China in 1940 and is 77 years old this year. He was granted the title of “National First Class Artist” by the PRC government, the highest honour given to an artist in the country and was the second artist after Wu Guanzhong to hold a solo show at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing in 1996. He had held numerous exhibitions around the world, notably in Japan where he was invited to show for seven consecutive years. He retired in 2003.

Gao Yi was born in Nanjing, China in 1987 and is 30 years old this year. At university in China, she first studied stage design before obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California in 2012. She currently straddles between Nanjing and Los Angeles.