Water-soluble ink and Tibet pigments on Chinese paper
Image: 136 × 68 cm (53 1/2 × 26 4/5 in)
Overall: 279 × 70 × 4 cm (109 4/5 × 27 3/5 × 1 3/5 in)
Signature: Yuan Jinhua (袁进华)
Copyright Yuan Jinhua
Provenance: donated by the Bowen Art Foundation
Estimate: CHF 50’000 – 70’000
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For Cloud Sea, Yuan followed the Chinese tradition of ink-wash painting. The work belongs to his “Meteorology” series. These are paintings of great poetic potency in which the artist explores the constant interaction between his human body and the world of nature surrounding it, and the transformations that this brings about.
Cloud Sea was painted in 2012, the Chinese Year of the Dragon, which is closely associated with wind, clouds, water, and hence with change.
The Chinese artist Yuan Jinhua (born 1964 in Hanghou) studied art at the China Academy of Art. His works have been exhibited in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe, and the United States. They also featured in the Swatch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 2015 and 2017.