LI HUASHENG Chinese, 1944-2018
In 1987, exposed to works by international artists during a five-month trip to the US, Li Huasheng (b. 1944, Yibin, Sichuan Province), one of the foremost traditional Chinese landscape painters of his generation, came to a radical life and art practice transformation.
In near complete seclusion, Li barely painted throughout the following decade, frequently venturing to Tibet. Inspired by the
image of the lines formed by the Tibetan monks marching toward Jokhang temple Li began to visualise existence in the form of a line.
Starting from the late Nineties, the line becomes the artist’s most fundamental expressive cipher and reflects Li’s mental and physical state at the time of its execution. Reminiscent of an ECG it records the rhythm of the artist’s qi (vital energy), the slightest fluctuations of which are detectable in the inherent character of the brushstrokes, speed, force, turn, pause and direction of the brush. Since the beginning of his breakthrough into abstraction, Li has adopted a strict work routine based on meditation and controlled reiteration of the gesture.
This methodology leads to the formal systematisation of intersecting linear compositions arranged in grid-like configurations
inspired by architectural elements and natural patterns. Alongside this work, during the last 20 years, Li has developed an increasingly
radical formal simplification of both Chinese calligraphy and the natural landscape, where the majestic Himalayan peaks are portrayed either in the artist’s sublime “one stroke paintings” style or in his rarefied and highly spiritual series known as “misty landscapes”.
The Mayor Gallery presents a selection of Li’s recent ink paintings on paper, a rare opportunity to admire the revealing works by this self-secluded Chinese artist.
Repetitions2 Mar - 6 May 2022On the 100th anniversary of Répétitions by Paul Eluard and Max Ernst, a publication of collages and poems by the Dada and Surrealist artists, The Mayor Gallery in the countdown...
Asian Art in London21 Oct - 6 Nov 2021The Mayor Gallery, in collaboration with Joost van den Bergh, is delighted to participate in Asian Art in London. The gallery will present a selection of artworks by renowned Modern...
LI HUASHENGThe Meditation Room 2 Jun - 27 Jul 2016The Mayor Gallery presents a selection of recent ink paintings on paper by Li Huasheng (b. 1944, Yibin, Sichuan Province). This is a rare opportunity to admire the revealing abstract...