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Artist : Zhang Dawo  中文版

《觸感》玄色 004_69x269cm_紙本水墨_2010

Zhang Dawo
‘Chu-Gan’ Xuan Tone 004
69cm x 269cm
Chinese ink on xuan paper


Dawo is a member of the Association of Chinese Calligraphers and the Committee member of the Society of Modern Calligraphy and Painting (China). He is the founder of the Australian Society of East-West Art. Writing and Modeling and co-founder of the studio ‘Devil Art’.

Dawo was the first avant-grade Chinese Calligrapher, whose works were collected by British Museum.

In Dawo’s Touch series of abstract paintings, we see a lot of no centre, no border and no specific orientation of the screen. The painting is about breaking down the traditional concepts of screen space: up, down, left and right, the inherent natural law of space. Such works can be displayed in any direction and viewed and enjoyed from any angle. This painting reflects the world of aerospace in the new era of human visual experience – people viewing from the aircraft or the spacecraft to the Earth – there is no up, down, left or right. In fact, the space in the universe is eternal, indefinite with no beginning, no ending and limitless. Direction and orientation are man-made scenarios.

In addition to the breakthrough concepts of space, Dawo’s Touch series of abstract paintings has also deviated from the traditional black and white colour of Shuimo by using acrylic colours. He has used bright red rice paper for his artworks and manipulated the dazzling effects of light to produce Optical painting. In the transformation to colour from black to white, then to Optical from colour through Touch, Dawo has achieved a metamorphosis in abstract painting.

Dawo’s artistic journey is both a deconstruction of traditional calligraphy, and the construction of a new and unique process of contemporary abstract painting. His Touch series of abstract paintings goes well beyond the specific Taoist ethereal realm of Emptiness, which is the characteristic of traditional Chinese painting, and turns it into a passionate, yet inexhaustible rhythm of expression. Not only is the artist “Little Me” experience emotional catharsis, it is also the human “Big I” (DA-WO) bringing about the manifestation of the spirit.

(By Wang Duanting, Researcher at the Institute of Chinese Academy of Art, Critic)