Chen Qikuan (Chen Chi-Kwan)
- Chen Qikuan (Chen Chi-kwan)
- Moonlight Sonata
- ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
Throughout his life, Chen’s paintings were widely exhibited internationally between Asia, North America and Europe. The variety of his subjects ranges from animals, such as monkeys, cats and fish, to dream-like interiors reminiscent of Chinese gardens and majestic mountain vistas. In Nymph, Mood, and Peace (Lots 550, 552, 554) Chen uses architectural elements of doors and furniture to guide his viewers into his carefully layered landscapes. In an interview published in 1996 Chen remarks that, “[In painting,] proportion and perspective are not enough. We need to add some interesting elements to it that perhaps would be more relevant to humanity.”2 The paintings in this private collection provide a snapshot of Chen’s delightful works from the 1980s, which aptly express both the artist’s and collector’s enthusiasm for life and art. Scholar Michael Sullivan remarks that Chen’s paintings are such an exact expression of his vision that they need no commentary; 3 and not all works of art need to be serious artistic explorations of the human condition.
1 He Huaishuo, “The Universe in a Mustard Seed”, Special Study on Chen Chi-kwan, Han Mo Xuan, Taipei, No. 20, 1991, p. 20
2 Han Mo- Special Study on Chen Chi-kwan, Han Mo Xuan Publishing, Taipei, 1991, No. 20, p. 101
3 Sullivan, Michael. Art and Artists of Twentieth-century China, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1996, p. 187