T'ang Haywen 曾海文, ‘Fruits’, ca. 1970, HDM Gallery

About T'ang Haywen 曾海文

T’ang Haywen’s atmospheric imagery can be divided into two categories: monochromatic ink-and-wash paintings and brightly exuberant watercolors. “We are only sensitive cells entering the stream,” T’ang once said, “we capture the energy source; the immediate seizure materializes with ink, paper and pencil.” Similar to Joan Mitchell’s pastel drawings, T’ang’s watercolors depict abstract landscapes composed of naturalistic colors and miasmas of soft, chromatic fields. His works—with their vertical orientation—resemble traditional Chinese landscape paintings of cloudy mountains, but are also balanced with contemporary Western conceptions of the genre. T’ang’s triptych format simultaneously evokes the Eastern tradition of vertical imagery and the horizontal landscape paintings of Western art history.

French-Chinese, 1927-1991, Xiamen, China, based in Paris, France