Mindscapes – Recent Works by Arnold Chang
Exhibition Duration: 24 November - 7 December 2010
American-born Chinese landscape painter Arnold Chang will showcase his critically-acclaimed ink landscapes in his first one-man exhibition at Plum Blossoms Gallery this Winter. Arnold Chang’s paintings are known for their traditional literati style. His ink landscapes reflect his commitment to Chinese art conventions, with special attention to brushwork.
Born 1954 in New York, Arnold Chang was privileged to study connoisseurship and brush painting with the late renowned artist and collector, C.C. Wang (1907 – 2003). He went on to establish the Chinese Painting Department at Sotheby’s New York and served as the Director of the department for over a decade. Chang identifies with the literati way of traditional Chinese painting, an art practice that requires much discipline and an emphasis on painting as a means of moral cultivation. The style with which a painter controls his brush conveys the inner nature of his character. As he noted, “I am interested in painting as a process. The extreme sensitivity of the traditional materials allows me to convey subtle nuances of form, color, lines and textures; Chinese painting has been my Fortress of Solitude, a safe haven where the child within me continues to find peace through the simple act of drawing.” The resulting composition is not simply a naturalistic rendition of nature, but more importantly the spiritual essence of landscape.
Chang’s works can be found in museums worldwide including the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, as well as museums in China and Taiwan. Chang has also exhibited extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, including the groundbreaking group exhibition “Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Traditions” that will exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from November 20, 2010 to February 13, 2011.