Feng Qin ( 1961 - )


Qin Feng is an iconoclastic artist who is actively involved in China’s avant-garde art movement. He studied mural painting at the Shandong University of Art and and was one of the only two people in Shandong Province who radically experimented with imported styles of contemporary art during that period. From 1996 to 1999, Qin Feng taught at the Berlin University of Art while further exploring the possibilities of synthesizing modernism and the ink-painting tradition. In 1999, he moved to Boston where he currently resides. Before brushing ink on numerous layers of xuan paper, Qin often dyes it with tea and coffee as a metaphorical gesture of two cultures blending together. His fluid ink and dynamic brush technique has developed into a style that is related to Abstract Expressionism in its openness to chance and emphasis on gesture. His works are a persuasive manifestation of the vitality of the calligraphic tradition.Qin, the legacy of ink-painting is manifested in his intensely emotional and explosive works – whose intention is to make art that is meaningful to the new generation in China as well as the West, without jettisoning his link with Chinese brush-painting. Upon moving to the United States, Qin Feng earned a fellowship and residency with the prestigious MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and has exhibited and performed at the Asia Pacific Museum in California and at the Asia Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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