The ancient Neijing Tu (Inner Scripture) is a diagram that depicts blood and chi circulation throughout the body, providing Taoists with a guide on how to meditate and practice wellness techniques. Using ancient Inner Scripture as his creative foundation, Peng Hung-Chih invites viewers to spill or drip paint onto a canvas through the method of action painting. Along the traces of these spills, the artist then develops complete contour lines to form a strong and willful sense to the image. The result is a painting that is subjectively rendered through the participation of viewers. Embodying the interaction of improvised painting between the artist and the viewer, the painting conveys the flow and energy of the inner universes and essences of both parties, serving as a re-interpretation of the concepts portrayed by the ancient Inner Scripture. Through it, viewers are able to deeply contemplate the broad-reaching, spiritual philosophy of China.

Peng Hung-Chih’s brushstrokes are delicate and sensitive, allowing him to express the finest of details within his paintings. The canvas is full with twisted and curved lines, and the subtlety of brushworks can be seen through artist’s delicate rendering. In Post Inner Scripture – Shin Jie , Peng Hungchih creates an improvisation-like imagery by combining a surrealistic style with brush strokes that evoke a sense of action painting. Peng uses Western painting techniques to capture the occult charm of China’s ancient Inner Scripture, integrating Eastern and Western artistic language into one canvas as well as forming an artistic style imbued with personal aesthetic properties. 

Contemporary Asian Art

6 October 2013 | HONG KONG