Dawo Art in 30 Years

Zhang Dawo Solo Exhibition, Hong Kong

Date
7th March (Saturday), 2015 to 30 April (Thursday), 2015
Venue
3812 Art Space, Hong Kong
Opening Hour
Mon to Fri
10:00am to 8:00pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays
By appointment only
Enquiry
+852 2153 3812
Artistic Director
Calvin Hui
Academic Advisor
Dr. Xia Kejun

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Zhang Dawo

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.

This exhibition pays tribute to Mr. Zhang Dawo, a seventy-year-old artist living in China/Australia, for being the most enduring, the most representative and the most accomplished master in the search of contemporary calligraphic art and writing, in present China. Throughout his thirty years of practice, he makes important contributions in the conversion of ink writing from traditional to modern art. This exhibition presents the entire evolution of Dawo’s artistic pathway.

Based on ink strokes, Dawo’s work releases calligraphic art from its traditional boundaries. In the early stage in the 1980s, he tried to trace the origin of Chinese hieroglyphic characters without being confined to the shape or meaning of existing characters. By doing so, he enriched the pictographs and innovated the lyrical texture of the calligraphy.

At the beginning of the 1990s, Mr. Zhang settled in Australia and began his unique creation of ‘Dawo Miaomo’ (Chinese ink art). By virtue of his fathomless imagination, he used the concentrated ink foam to spurt out the lifeless ink into forceful images, which though abstract, still allude to nature’s illusions, as if like a dragon or clouds. His works seem to be syncopated music, like the dance of nature, awakening the willpower long concealed in Chinese civilization. His brush strokes go through the mirror of tradition to reflect the contemporary world and boundless vitality.

After 2000, Dawo adopted a new style – ‘Tushouxian’ (barehanded lines), which allows the lines of Chinese ink to be independent and self-assured, while preserving the “flying white” (space) which features in traditional calligraphy. The images are as if shooting from the ground, or falling from the skies. The strength and flexibility lying in the strokes take us right through the ancient and modern times of Chinese culture as well as humanity and nature.

The latest series ‘Shengming Xuanxian‘ (life archeline) departs totally from the abstract defined in Western paintings. It expresses life’s energetic essence in nature and thus deviates from the common trend of abstract painting. ‘The suppleness of the brush gives birth to the magic of ink art.’ Giving birth to his brush, the ‘wild lines’ interact and intermingle with the “flying space” . Dawo presents here his signature rhythm, like the sound of heaven.

Dawo’s ink lines have overcome the notion that there is no true line in nature. Nature may not have true geometrical lines, but lines of growth are ubiquitous. The cursive lines that Dawo uses are laden with natural elements, in harmony with the natural pace, showing its soft and free growing force.

Dawo’s works can be regarded as an example of how traditional calligraphy metamorphoses to contemporary art. His works, inspired by calligraphy, heading for modern writing art, reaching the essence of nature, can be an inspirational source for us to conceive another modernity of Art.

徒手線 050 Barehanded Lines 050_70x137cm_紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper_2009

Barehanded Lines 050

Miao Mo 0129

Big Bird

Artwork

Zhang Dawo, ‘噴 勃 007 Propulsion 007′
69cm x 136.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1997

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 0016 – 線的迷茫 Miao Mo 0016 – The Perplexity of Xian’
64.5cm x 130cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1996

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 0126 Miao Mo 0126′
47cm x 49cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1997

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 0129 Miao Mo 0129′
47cm x 49cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1994

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 0198 Miao Mo 0198′
68cm x 68cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1997

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 冰岛纪事 058 Miao Mo, Impression of Iceland’
55cm x 55cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2002

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 昔日的風采 Miao Mo, The Past Glory’
67cm x 67.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1996

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 石之花魂 Miao Mo, Flower Power in the Rock’
69cm x 137cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1998

Zhang Dawo, ‘宇宙玄音 001 Music from the Sphere 001′
32cm x 32cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2000

Zhang Dawo, ‘水鄉 002 Water Village 002′
67cm x 133cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1998

Zhang Dawo, ‘筆走龍蛇 007 ‘Bi Zou Long She’ 007′
82cm x 295cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2007

Zhang Dawo, ‘線的自然 001 The Xian of Nature 001′
50cm x 228cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1998

Zhang Dawo, ‘大鳥 Big Bird’
83cm x 89cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2006

Zhang Dawo, ‘天堂裡的回音 The Echo from Heaven’
96cm x 180.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2010

Zhang Dawo, ‘徒手線 001 Barehanded Lines 001′
134cm x 67cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2006

Zhang Dawo, ‘徒手線 040 Barehanded Lines 040′
67cm x 83cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2006

Zhang Dawo, ‘徒手線 050 Barehanded Lines 050′
70cm x 137cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2009

Zhang Dawo, ‘皮影在印尼 Wayang Kulit’
93.5cm x 177cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1998

Zhang Dawo, ‘舞姿 徒手線 076 Choreography Barehanded Lines 076′
68cm x 139cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2007

Zhang Dawo, ‘舞姿 徒手線 078 Choreography Barehanded Lines 078′
68.5cm x 138cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2007

Zhang Dawo, ‘《觸感》玄色 004 ‘Chu-Gan’ Xuan Tone 004′
69cm x 269cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2010

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 001 Life Archeline 001′
69cm x 135.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 003 Life Archeline 003′
69cm x 135.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 020 Life Archeline 020′
168cm x 89cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 0032 Life Archeline 0032′
110cm x 110cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 0036 Life Archeline 0036′
110cm x 110cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 0037 Life Archeline 0037′
110cm x 110cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 075 Life Archeline 075′
110cm x 110cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 0135 Life Archeline 0135′
89cm x 179cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 0761 林中之二 Life Archeline 0761 Amid the forest B’
68cm x 131cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2013

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 013 Millennium Love Letter 013′
19cm x 29cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2000

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0079 Millennium Love Letter 0079′
21cm x 30cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2013

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0112 Millennium Love Letter 0112′
21cm x 29cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2003

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0167 Millennium Love Letter 0167′
19cm x 29cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2009

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0210 Millennium Love Letter 0210′
22cm x 33cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2009

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0214 Millennium Love Letter 0214′
21cm x 32cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2008

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0215 Millennium Love Letter 0215′
19cm x 29cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2009

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0218 Millennium Love Letter 0218′
21cm x 32cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2008

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0242 Millennium Love Letter 0242′
20cm x 18cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1999

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 雙聯 021 Millennium Love Letter, paired, 021′
32cm x 42.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2012

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 雙聯 024 Millennium Love Letter, paired, 024′
33cm x 42.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2012

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 雙聯 0211 Millennium Love Letter, paired, 0211′
21.5cm x 32.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2012

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EXHIBITION OPENING ON 07.03.2015