[展覽 EXHIBITION] 墨雲彩池：侯北人畫展 Clouds of Ink, Pools of Colour: Paintings by Hou Beiren
上世紀五十年代初， 侯北人移居美國前曾在香港居住數年， 其間塑造建立起個人藝術風格。本館現出版圖錄， 展示侯北人最近惠贈予本館的畫作， 確實意義深遠。侯北人現居於北加州的帕羅奧圖， 他雖已年屆一百零三歲高齡， 仍舊在居住了超過半個世紀的寓所和畫室 ──「老杏堂」內潛心創作。
侯北人的潑墨山水作品靈感源自唐代(六一八至九零七)和南宋(一一二七至一二七九) 的水墨畫； 十四世紀後，潑墨畫隨着中國文人畫的興起而逐漸衰落，潑墨技法卻得傳於日本室町時代(一三三三至一五七八)、受禪宗影響的日本墨染畫之中。上世紀五十年代， 被譽為二十世紀國畫大師的張大千(一八九九至一九八三) 復興與更新了這種傳統風格， 並洞悉到潑墨與當時主導了西方前衛藝術的抽象表現主義和行動繪畫之間的共通點。張大千與侯北人份屬摯友，侯北人在過往數十年間孜孜不倦地鑽研一己之潑墨山水風格， 最終自成一家。
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"Clouds of Ink, Pools of Colour" is a comprehensive spread of Hou Beiren’s landscape paintings in the splashed ink style. His painted panoramas are filled with playful and elegiac meditations on the theme of the Chinese landscape expressed in luminescent swirls of colour and cascades of ink, a theme to which he has returned numerous times over recent decades as he has sought to map out a new pictorial cartography.
This catalogue includes recent donations of Hou Beiren’s paintings to HKU’s University Museum and Art Gallery, which is especially resonant, as Hou spent several formative years in Hong Kong in the early 1950s before departing for America. Today, he lives in Palo Alto in northern California, where at the age of 103 he continues to paint in his beloved Old Apricot Villa, his home and studio for over 50 years.
The origins and sources behind Hou Beiren’s splashed ink work lie in the ink landscape painting of the Tang (618–907) and Southern Song (1127–1279) dynasties. Subsequently eclipsed by literati painting in China after the fourteenth century, splashed ink continued in the Zen influenced Japanese ink wash painting of the Muromachi Period (1333–1578). This tradition was revived and renewed in the 1950s by the great twentieth-century master of Chinese painting Zhang Daqian (1899–1983), who saw parallels with the Abstract Expressionist and action painting then dominant in the Western avant garde. Zhang and Hou were close friends, and in recent decades Hou has tirelessly developed his form of splashed ink landscape painting into a uniquely personal practise.
Details of the Exhibition
Period: May 16, 2020 (Saturday) to July 26, 2020 (Sunday)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays, University and Public Holidays
Venue: 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Tel/Email: (852) 2241 5500 (General Enquiry) / [email protected]