Eskenazi Ltd

Transfigured Echoes: Recent Paintings by Liu Dan, Eskenazi Ltd, 10 Clifford Street, London W1, 14th October -14th November 2015

 

Liu Dan (b.1953) Redefining Pleats of Matter 縐褶被重新確定 Ink on paper 200.0cm by 301.0cm Signed: Jinling Liu Dan hua, (Painted by Liu Dan of Jinling [Nanjing])

Liu Dan (b.1953)
Redefining Pleats of Matter
縐褶被重新確定
Ink on paper
200.0cm by 301.0cm
Signed: Jinling Liu Dan hua, (Painted by Liu Dan of Jinling [Nanjing])

This very special exhibition opens in Frieze Week and closes at the end of Asian Art in London Week.  The artist Liu Dan (b.1953) is a contemporary master in the highly regarded Chinese art form – the traditional school of ink painting. These ten works, which have taken him four years to create, represent a new departure for him and are inspired by his great interest in Renaissance European drawings.

Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (Urbino 1483-1520 Rome) Saint Benedict receiving Maurus and Placidus black and red chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, squared in black chalk, partially indented with stylus, an added section of paper at the left of the sheet 14½ x 16¼ in. (36.8 x 41.3 cm.)

Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (Urbino 1483-1520 Rome)
Saint Benedict receiving Maurus and Placidus
black and red chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, squared in black chalk, partially indented with stylus,
an added section of paper at the left of the sheet
14½ x 16¼ in. (36.8 x 41.3 cm.)

The exhibition will feature Raphael’s drawing Saint Benedict Receiving Maurus and Placidus as it was the inspiration for the artist’s large-scale work Redefining Pleats of Matter (縐褶被重新確定).  There are also six works depicting scholar’s rocks, the stones that were highly prized by Chinese scholars, officials and connoisseurs for more than a thousand years.

Liu Dan (b.1953) Taihu Rock of the Shaoyuan Garden 五 勺园太湖石 水墨􀀀本 􀀀跋:此米万􀀀勺园太湖石今存北京大学􀀀可􀀀博物􀀀乙未仲夏刘丹写于北京并􀀀 􀀀印:刘丹之印 Ink on paper 309.0cm by 199.0cm Inscribed: Ci Mi Wanzhong Shaoyuan Taihushi jin cun Beijing daxue Saikele bowuguan yiwei zhongxia Liu Dan xie yu Beijing bing shu. (This Taihu rock of the Shaoyuan Garden, which belonged to Mi Wanzhong, is now in the Sackler Museum, Peking University. Written and painted by Liu Dan in Beijing in mid-summer of the yiwei year [2015].) Artist’s seal: Liu Dan zhi yin, (Liu Dan’s seal)

Liu Dan (b.1953)
Taihu Rock of the Shaoyuan Garden

勺园太湖石
水墨􀀀本
􀀀跋:此米万􀀀勺园太湖石今存北京大学􀀀可􀀀博物􀀀乙未仲夏刘丹写于北京并􀀀
􀀀印:刘丹之印
Ink on paper
309.0cm by 199.0cm
Inscribed: Ci Mi Wanzhong Shaoyuan Taihushi jin cun Beijing daxue Saikele bowuguan yiwei zhongxia Liu Dan xie yu Beijing bing
shu. (This Taihu rock of the Shaoyuan Garden, which belonged to Mi Wanzhong, is now in the Sackler Museum, Peking University.
Written and painted by Liu Dan in Beijing in mid-summer of the yiwei year [2015].)
Artist’s seal: Liu Dan zhi yin, (Liu Dan’s seal)

On the question of difference between him and the Old Masters Liu Dan has observed: ‘I don’t think there is any difference except that they are dead and I am still alive. On the other hand, because I’m still alive, they are alive too. I don’t advocate the literati ideology, but I endorse the literati spirit. I don’t belong to a particular tradition either. I just want to keep up the artistic tradition where freedom is unrestrained.’

Liu Dan (b.1953) Credit: Do Do Jin Min

Liu Dan (b.1953)
Credit: Do Do Jin Min

 

 

 

 

 

 

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