To See Through the Appearance will be held in June 16th by Harmony Art. It is the first large-scale solo exhibition of artist Yongpeng Hu (Master DaHan) in China, and also the most comprehensive elaboration of his artistic career over 30 years after his special exhibition in British Mall Museum of Art. It includes three of his most representative series: the Tradtional Chinese Medicine series, the Emptiness series and the Animitta series.
The exhibition is planned by the Harmony Art team. The theme To See Through the Appearance is a variant of the sentence from The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons· Elaboration of Fu : if one’s emotion is evoked by objects, his verses must be elegant and pure; if the environment is to be showed through feelings, the wording must be delicate. The dialectical expression of “emotion” and “object”, “feelings” and “environment” establishes the link among the creator, the artworks and the viewers.
Currently, Master DaHan practices seclusion in Deqing Peak Temple in North Zhejiang Province. He is a monk who has an artist identity in his heart and has been exposured to modern art. His paintings involve modern abstraction, landscapes, portraits and object series, etc. Meanwhile, he is also a betrayer of tradition. He blends his understanding of the vastness of the universe, feelings of the heaven and the earth, and meditation of the truth of Buddhism on the canvas. However, it’s hard for viewers to identify his artworks with traditional Buddhist art. It has to be admitted that he has injected an indescribable new meaning into abstractionism, expressionism, and landscapes, and he brings about subtle change to these languages as well. Such change has not yet become completely a language transformation, but it has refreshed the original one. For instance, the “Bright Landscape” and the TCM series which integrate mean and elegant herbal medicines can be understood only after meditation.
Each time before painting, Master DaHan will start meditation first until he achieves an immaculate state of tranquility without distractions and obsessiveness. He puts himself in a state of absolute freedom and emancipation. A tiny canvas encompasses thousands of ways of learning Buddhist doctrine in which one can look at the vast universe and observe the prosperity of Creation.
As he said, the essence of art is a desire for freedom, and Buddha Dharma means the pursuit and verification of truth. The two of them are not contrary but complementary, and his artworks are exactly the same way of pursuing art and spiritual belief.