The sale realized a total of HK$30 million / US$3.85 million with top lot Liu Guosong’s Blue Moon Landscape fetching HK$4,880,000 / US$625,641. Two artists auction records for Chen Chi Kwan’s Mood and Tseng Yuho’s The Fishpond, Hawaii-Kai (Diptych) were set. Works from Liu Dan and Wang Jiqian also performed exceptionally well and attracted intense bidding with strong prices achieved.
Around the world, collectors are increasingly recognizing contemporary ink art as a powerful crossover category that is simultaneously rooted in the rich Chinese painting tradition and reflective of contemporary ideas.
The Journey theme of this October sale takes its cue from Liu Kuo-sung’s Blue Moon Landscape inspired by man’s journey to the moon and the juxtaposition of unusual early and iconic later works showing the evolution of individual artistic styles. For example, the scholar’s rocks and fine flowers for which Liu Dan maintains worldwide renown emerged from his traditional landscape paintings and figurative portraits. Likewise, the majestic Northern Song landscapes by Li Huayi are preceded by exploration in collage and of Buddhist iconography. Many of the early works in this sale are from A Distinguished Private Collection, which tells a wonderful story of personal taste and cultural understanding.
It is difficult to categorize the range of expression in contemporary ink art by geography, technique or content. Thus Contemporary Ink Art is increasingly recognized among collectors worldwide as an innovative aesthetic category with extraordinary momentum.
Journey features hybrid expressions that result in re-presentation of literati symbols, political satire, and calligraphic abstraction that are highlighted in the sale with distinctive works by Gu Wenda, Huang Zhiyang, Koon Wai Bong, Liu Wei, Wilson Shieh, Xu Bing, Xu Lei, Zeng Xiaojun and Zhu Wei. In addition, works by Fang Zhaolin, Irene Chou, Grace Tong, Jia Yundi, Koo Mei, Peng Wei, Tong Yangtze, Tseng Yuho and Xu Lele, represent a fraction of women artists whose innovations in painting transcend gender differences. We hope that you will enjoy this sale—a journey of art established over decades—that illustrates a vibrant contemporary dialogue rooted in tradition and growing in a myriad of directions.