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Yang Jiechang

Yang Jiechang 楊詰蒼 | MAO 毛

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October 6, 06:45 AM GMT


60,000 - 80,000 HKD

Lot Details


Yang Jiechang

b. 1956


acrylic and ink on canvas

signed in Pinyin and dated 1998 on the reverse

65 by 54 cm.  25⅝ by 21¼ in.







Yang Jiechang,1998(作品背面)

65 x 54 公分,25⅝ x 21¼ 英寸

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner



Yang Jiechang, together with other contemporary Chinese artists, challenges the calligraphic tradition and produces striking iconoclastic works that deal with ink, language and meaning. Initially studying with Buddhist and Daoist masters after his graduation from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Yang was later influenced by the Dada movement, leading him to create abstract compositions with ink in the 1980s. In 1989 the artist participated in the seminal show Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, subsequently moving to France.

Yang’s black monochrome works are made up of multiple accumulated layers of ink. Indeed, for some of his works the artist mixes soy sauce and Chinese medicinal powders into the ink to create a thickness and a mesmerizing 3D effect. Like his Song predecessors, his paintings are able to recreate the physical and mental universe with just one tone—black. In this series, Yang combines traditional Eastern and Western modes of representation, writing roman letters with ink and brush in a calligraphic manner.