Highlight of the Month - Chui Pui Chee
2022.05.04 - 2022.05.29
Touch Gallery is honoured to present Hong Kong artist Chui Pui Chee's solo exhibition ‘Nine Abysses’, which showcases a large horizontal scroll of the famous ‘Nine Abysses’ ink landscape series, which is his latest blue-green shan shui painting. The artist draws from the conception of Nine Abysses, a sacred place where the divine dragons hide according to the myths. He imagines a majestic and magnificent scenery, and expresses his feelings through the natural landscape, leading the audience to roam in the transcendent spiritual world.
The blue-green shan shui painting is mainly using mineral dyes in blues and greens, which is refreshing and tranquil. Chui's paintings are based on traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, while containing the charm and delicacy of Song Dynasty landscape paintings. They are drawn in light ink into layers of mountains surrounded with clouds and fog, the blue and green are slightly applied to the endless mountains, it provokes the audience to imagine in the midst of a cloudy and green atmosphere.
Also, the spacious scroll gives the artist more freedom and challenges in composition and expression, while Chui creates from a modern perspective, using a mobile phone camera-like frame to present the scenery piece by piece and replace the traditional way of appreciation, it illustrates the humour derived from the differences of the times. The composition of the painting is majestic yet elegant. It not only shows the light and distance with the rich layers of ink and brushstrokes, but there are also more than a hundred pine trees of various shapes rooted in the undulating hills and valleys, which are delicately depicted and rendered one by one with thick ink. Such finishing depicts the green and upright vitality of the pine tree, in addition, it shows its perseverance standing in Nine Abysses despite the cloudy and uncertain weather.
The exhibition showcases the panoramic view of ‘Nine Abysses’ paintings, and the audience surrounded by the paintings can imagine being in the artistic world of the paintings. When we gaze at the green and blue in the misty haze, we may feel as if the breeze is coming, and we can breathe freely in nature.
Also featuring the wood sculptures of the renowned Japanese artist Yuta Nishiura, he combines his beautiful childhood memories and his experience of travelling in various places to show the unprecedented scenery through his artworks.