48 years old Chinese artist FANG Hui is exhibiting his works from Blossom
series in Wellington Gallery from 21 May – 22 June 2013. The exhibition
documented the progress of the artist from 2007 – 2013, from the use of color,
composition, brushstroke and maturity; we witnessed FANG blossom out into
one of the most influential artist in Beijing.
Born in 1965, China, FANG is widely regarded as one of the front-runners of
modern Chinese contemporary movement. This former arts teacher at Beijing
Institute of Art graduated from Hebei Provincial Arts and Craft Institute, has held
numerous joint and solo exhibitions in Europe and China. His art had been
favorites of private collectors in Europe, America and Hong Kong. He is now in
Hong Kong for the very first time to meet his many fans and patrons.
FANG’s paintings stood out with quiet solitude, in that they are more of
reflections of his inner being, in the mist of the frantic proliferation of Chinese
creative circle and its ever-increasing population of followers and amongst the
many new works with political statements and under influence of western
popular cultures. Paintings by FANG are clearly identifiable, aside from the
characteristic composition, colour and subjects, there are added effect of relief.
Subtle spatial perspective and muted contrast of lighting and shadings were
deployed and often accompanied by the instilled tranquility.
His works morphed over the years with maturation of his favorite subject:
Children possessing a timeless quality and an air of reminiscence. However, the
children depicted in FANG's paintings does not possess any heightened poetic
emotion, instead tended to exist in a state of muted contemplation or in the
midst of some quiet sorrow. These children, showing no expectant or optimistic
expressions about their future, in essence become the vectors of FANG's own
lingering memory of growing pain. This air of reminiscence glosses his paintings
with a sense of calm, and quiet serenity.
Many of the faces of the children are blue, a favorite colour of FANG, nicknamed
the 'Violet Killer' by his teaches and classmates for his obsession of painting
blue violets in scenery sketches in his youth. Believing in the innate reminiscing
property of blue he experimented with various shades, to express calm and
melancholy, and FANG has become a master painter in using blue to strike a
chord with his viewers.
FANG Hui puts great effort in reflecting human psychological state in his work,
but achieved it through implicitly styled features. One has to come up close to
appreciate the fine details of his work, especially in the slight upturned mouth; or
the minute arching of the brows; or the weakly flared nostrils, some time even in
the playful flow of a streak of hair. These children are painted against a simple
background, as if they are sheltered in stillness, insulated from the external
world of incessant turmoil, and retain their purity of thought and spirits.