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China is the oldest surviving civilisation on earth and Chinese contemporary ink works, from calligraphy and paintings to photography and video, express the continuation of this vast past in ways that are meaningful for society today both in China and the West.

Calligraphy is the sublime and central achievement of China and has been practised for hundreds of years by literally millions of Chinese, for whom it is a method of achieving the harmonious integration of mind and body.

Painting, together with calligraphy, poetry and music, constitutes one of the four key traditional arts of China and is an extension of the art of calligraphy. It is, therefore, like calligraphy, linked to the sacred prestige of the written word.

Today's ink artists are deeply aware of the classical canon and its aesthetic and moral imperatives and have carefully studied the old masters - as Picasso and Cézanne studied Raphael, Poussin, Velázquez and others, in order to formulate their own pictorial revolution.

Very many different stylistic approaches have evolved over the past 30 years. Works now range from those that, at first sight, look quite traditional but in fact embody powerful, fresh aesthetic initiatives, via those poised delicately in an intermediate style, to those that are unambiguously avant-garde. But all of the best contemporary practitioners have a common purpose... to create works that do not jettison the great cultural legacy of the past in formulating a language that addresses the intellectual, cultural and social issues of today.

  • Chun-yi Lee 李君毅

  • Emilie Pugh

  • Fang Jun 方駿

  • Gao Xingjian 高行健

  • Glenn Palmer-Smith 帕莫士

  • Gu Wenda 谷文答

  • Guan Zhi 官志

  • He Sen 何森

  • Hu Zhen Kun 胡振昆

  • Jake Oliver-Fishman

  • Jizi 姬子

  • Katie Vajda

  • Kyle Noble

  • Le Guo 郭洛

  • Leung Kui Ting 梁巨廷

  • Li Chen 李真

  • Li Huayi 李华弋

  • Li Jin 李津

  • Li Xiaoxuan 李孝萱

  • Li Xubai 李虚白

  • Liu Kuo-sung 刘国松

  • Liu Qinghe 刘庆和

  • Lo Ch'ing 罗青

  • Lu Hao 卢昊

  • Marie Hugo

  • Pan Hsin-hua 潘信华

  • Qin Feng 秦风

  • Qiu Deshu 仇德树

  • Qiu Jie 邱节

  • Qiu Zhijie 邱志杰

  • Shao Yinong and Mu Chen - 邵逸农 and 沐辰

  • Tai Xiangzhou 泰祥洲

  • Tong Yangtze 董阳孜

  • Wang Dongling 王冬龄

  • Wang Jinsong 王劲松

  • Wang Tiande 王天德

  • Wei Dong 魏东

  • Wei Ligang 魏立刚

  • Whitney McVeigh

  • Wing Wong 黃穎賢

  • Wucius Wong 王无邪

  • Xie Aige 谢艾格

  • Xu Lei 徐累

  • Yang Yanping 杨燕屏

  • Yao Jui-chung 姚瑞中

  • You Si 游思

  • Zeng Shanqing 曾善庆

  • Zeng Xiaojun 曾小俊

  • Zhang Zhaohui 张朝晖

  • Zheng Chongbin 鄭重賓

  • Zhu Daoping 朱道平