INK+: a celebration of Lunar New Year 2023 brings together works created by fourteen artists, emerging and established: Ah Xian, Chen Wenling, Hong Fu, Guan Wei, Guo Jian, Li Jin, Lin Chunyan, Dapeng Liu, Peng Yong, Sun Ziyao, Wang Lifeng, Wang Xin, Wang Yunyun, and Tianli Zu.

Ink painting was developed in the prosperous era of Tang Dynasty (618-907) in China. Since then, it has grown to the most popular art form in China and many other Asian countries. There have been many developments over time.

The most significant recent movement is from the 1980s. The artists reinvented traditional ink art by adopting influences and practices from the West. Chinese painters started to experiment with the media more, to embrace expressionism, conceptual and abstract art, and disrupt the traditional subject matter.

INK+ is an exhibition with focus on contemporary ink and related works by a range of artists based in Australia and China. The styles of their work have obvious or subtle connections with ink painting tradition while their expressions are no doubt contemporary.

INK+ includes works by New Ink master Li Jin, leading Chinese Australian artists Ah Xian, Hong Fu, Guan Wei, Guo Jian, as well as the rising star of new ink artist Sun Ziyao.

INK+ is to give us a taste of the diversity and development of contemporary ink, an art with evolution and revolution from Tang Dynasty.


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