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Zhang Dawo

Born in 1942, Beijing/Australian calligrapher and visual artist, Zhang Dawo is known for his many facets of art including photography. His work is represented in many national and international public, corporate and private collections, notably, Rupert Murdoch.

Dawo’s artistic nature is deeply rooted in the ancient culture of Jin-Shi (artistic etching and engraving of symbols and writing on metal and stone – 4 000 BC), at the same time he has a fiery ambition of pushing the frontier of contemporary art.

For the first 40 years of his life he totally immersed himself in traditional forms. Since 1982, he has overcome the classical barrier, by moving from the two dimensional into the three dimensional, a visual revolution made largely possible by the rearrangement of the spatial construction and the use of different tones of ink on special calligraphic paper. An example of this modern calligraphy is ‘Ce’ (Volume) which is considered as being “in the period of present day Chinese art renaissance, unique and one of the most creative pieces of work”

After 1990 Dawo’s work crossed the boundary of modern calligraphy into modern art pushing its frontier with the ink medium. ‘Dawo Miaomo’, his own exclusive artwork, has completely moved away from the recognisable characters. It is “a form of unique eastern abstract art with unsurpassable quality”; the style is “free and fluid”, graceful and vivid: a forceful expression of romanticism and mysticism of the Oriental. A good example is the ‘Dragon’s Resplendence’, one of the five pieces of his work included in the collection of the British Museum.

The exhibition, ‘Brushes with surprise’ the art of calligraphy in modern China, has been organized by this Museum. All the leading Chinese calligraphers, fifty in all, of the past half century are represented, including Mao Zedong.

Dawo, one of the 25 living calligraphers, has been featured as the leading avant-garde in this exhibition. Other corporate and private collectors include Ford Foundation and Rupert Murdoch. 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’.

Since 1985 Zhang Dawo has participated in many national and international exhibitions, solo and group exhibitions. Zhang Dawo’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong is being held at 3812 Contemporary Art Space from 7 March 2015 to 30 April 2015.

Artworks

Zhang Dawo, ‘噴 勃 007 Propulsion 007′
n69cm 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’
n64.5cm x 130cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1996

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 0126 Miao Mo 0126′
n47cm x 49cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1997

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 0129 Miao Mo 0129′
n47cm x 49cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1994

Zhang Dawo, ‘妙墨 0198 Miao Mo 0198′
n68cm 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’
n55cm 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’
n67cm 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’
n69cm x 137cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1998

Zhang Dawo, ‘宇宙玄音 001 Music from the Sphere 001′
n32cm x 32cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2000

Zhang Dawo, ‘水鄉 002 Water Village 002′
n67cm x 133cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1998

Zhang Dawo, ‘筆走龍蛇 007 ‘Bi Zou Long She’ 007′
n82cm x 295cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2007

Zhang Dawo, ‘線的自然 001 The Xian of Nature 001′
n50cm x 228cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1998

Zhang Dawo, ‘大鳥 Big Bird’
n83cm x 89cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2006

Zhang Dawo, ‘天堂裡的回音 The Echo from Heaven’
n96cm x 180.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2010

Zhang Dawo, ‘徒手線 001 Barehanded Lines 001′
n134cm x 67cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2006

Zhang Dawo, ‘徒手線 040 Barehanded Lines 040′
n67cm x 83cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2006

Zhang Dawo, ‘徒手線 050 Barehanded Lines 050′
n70cm x 137cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2009

Zhang Dawo, ‘皮影在印尼 Wayang Kulit’
n93.5cm x 177cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 1998

Zhang Dawo, ‘舞姿 徒手線 076 Choreography Barehanded Lines 076′
n68cm x 139cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2007

Zhang Dawo, ‘舞姿 徒手線 078 Choreography Barehanded Lines 078′
n68.5cm x 138cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2007

Zhang Dawo, ‘《觸感》玄色 004 ‘Chu-Gan’ Xuan Tone 004′
n69cm x 269cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2010

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 001 Life Archeline 001′
n69cm x 135.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 003 Life Archeline 003′
n69cm x 135.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 020 Life Archeline 020′
n168cm x 89cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 0032 Life Archeline 0032′
n110cm x 110cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 0036 Life Archeline 0036′
n110cm x 110cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 0037 Life Archeline 0037′
n110cm x 110cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 075 Life Archeline 075′
n110cm x 110cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2011

Zhang Dawo, ‘生命玄線 0135 Life Archeline 0135′
n89cm 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’
n68cm x 131cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2013

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 013 Millennium Love Letter 013′
n19cm x 29cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2000

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0079 Millennium Love Letter 0079′
n21cm x 30cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2013

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0112 Millennium Love Letter 0112′
n21cm x 29cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2003

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0167 Millennium Love Letter 0167′
n19cm x 29cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2009

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0210 Millennium Love Letter 0210′
n22cm x 33cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2009

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0214 Millennium Love Letter 0214′
n21cm x 32cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2008

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0215 Millennium Love Letter 0215′
n19cm x 29cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2009

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0218 Millennium Love Letter 0218′
n21cm x 32cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2008

Zhang Dawo, ‘千年情書 0242 Millennium Love Letter 0242′
n20cm 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′
n32cm 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′
n33cm 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′
n21.5cm x 32.5cm, 紙本水墨 Chinese ink on xuan paper, 2012

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