THEMES
  ABSTRACT
  ANIMAL
  BIRD
  BUILDING
  CHILDREN
  FANTASY
  FLORAL
  HOUSE
  INTERIOR
  LANDSCAPE
  MAN
  MODERNITY
  PEOPLE
  PLANTS
  REALISM
  RELIGION
  SEASONS
  SURREALISM
  VILLAGE
  WATER
  WOMAN

  SELECTIONS
  CARBON
  INK WASH
  LACQUER
  PAPER CUT
  PHOTOGRAPHY
  SCULPTURE - LARGE
  SCULPTURE - TABLE TOP
  WATER COLOR
  WOODCUT PRINT

  EVENTS
  eBulletin
 
CONTEMPORARY INK WASH
 


Chinese ink wash painting made its debut in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 AD to 420 AD), approximately 1,600 years ago in China. Ink wash painting evolved from the Chinese calligraphy where the brush, black ink and a special kind of soft paper are the only tools for art creation.
     The development of ink wash painting was at its peak in the Tang Dynasty (618 AD to 907 AD) which is also known as the "golden era" of Chinese culture. Due to its political stability and vibrant commerce, the Tang Dynasty nurtured many famous poets and painters, and their works of art can still be seen in museums and galleries.
     It was until the beginning of the twentieth century that contemporary Chinese ink wash paintings became visible after China open up to foreigners. Other than just black ink on white paper, contemporary Chinese ink wash paintings can be colorful and rich in content, reflecting ideology and social affairs of the time. As a new form of expression in a traditional way, contemporary Chinese ink wash is reaching for the world without losing its origin.
     More ink wash artworks by various artists <click here>


 

Contemporary Ink Wash paintings by artist <Shi Yan>
 

Traditional Ink Wash painting by artist <Lin Ya Jin>
     

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