Oil on canvas
153.0 x 265.0 Size (cm)
60.2 x 104.3 Size (in)Born 1940 in Zizhong, China
Lives and works in Shenzhen and Beijing, China
Modes of perception, ideas of space, landscape, or painting itself are not of concern to Qiu Shihua. A spiritual vocabulary better describes his work; as a viewer, it is best to let associations come and go, to give up reason and intention in favor of intuitive, acquiescent perception. The artist allows his audience many liberties, his motifs are merely proposals. His landscapes are archetypes and not copies of existing scenery. He states, ‘whatever anyone sees in the painting is in the painting’. The dimmed light and grey-toned walls allow the landscapes to stand out of the seemingly achromatic canvas. Just as thoughts appear and disappear during meditation, the landscapes flicker in and out of consciousness.
Qiu Shihua graduated from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. In the 1980s, after concluding
his studies, he traveled through Europe. His monochromatic paintings, developed since the
1990s, have been shown worldwide.