Alisan Fine Arts is pleased to present “Abstraction” a joint exhibition of calligraphic works by Yang Xiaojian (b.1960, Shanxi) and Shao Yan (b. 1971, Shandong). The title alludes to both artists push towards abstraction within the Chinese calligraphic tradition. On display will be works that challenge our perception of what conventional Chinese calligraphy is, demonstrating how both artists systematically deconstruct Chinese ideograms to create ‘abstract’ works. Together these works reflect China’s contemporary culture, and the broadening future of artistic creation.
Shao Yan was born in Shandong Province in 1962. He studied Fine Arts at Shandong Laiyang University in 1981 and at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, city, in 1990. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China.
Shao skillfully merges abstraction and traditional calligraphy, creatively presenting his subconscious images through modern calligraphy. The works exhibited reveal his various experiments and exploration of the deconstruction of form and the space of Chinese ideograms. Shao’s state of mind is portrayed by the diverse brushstrokes and the aura of his works has been strengthened through consistent practice and reviews.
His calligraphy has been exhibited at the Shanghai Art Museum, China; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Columbia University, New York, USA; 1st International Calligraphy Biennial, Seoul, Korea. Shao Yan's artworks have been collected by Sydney University, Australia; Toady Art Museum, China; the Henry Luce Foundation,
Born in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province in 1960, Yang Xiaojian began studying calligraphy in his childhood. Known as one of the revolutionists in Chinese contemporary calligraphy, Yang Xiaojian has experienced and participated in the transformation and development of this art form.
As an innovator and explorer in the field of Chinese contemporary calligraphy, Yang Xiaojian began to exhibiting his artworks in the 1990s. In 1998, he participated in an art exhibition at the National Art Museum of China. In 2006, Yang was honoured with a solo exhibition abroad in Tokyo Japan. Yang Xiaojian’s artworks have been collected by the National Art Museum of China, Beijing; the Shanghai World Financial Centre, Shanghai; Portman Hotel, Shanghai; LVMH Group, France.
Fan Di’an, curator of Chinese Art Gallery, commented that “The first step of Yang Xiaojian’s calligraphic journey is to explore how to move away from tradition…however, he has never intentionally rested on the traditional calligraphy. Instead, he actively turns his eyes to a new trend of artistic development.”