From May 29 to August 8, 2021, the exhibition “Ye Maozhong Art Exhibition”which curated by Mr Liu Yiqian, the founder of the Long Museum, will tour in Long Museum (Chong Qing)with the duration of more than two months.
In addition to all the works have been showed in Shanghai debut, in this exhibition we add one more new piece which freshly made by artist in spring, 2021,in a summary of 151 excellent artworks will be displayed. This exhibition divides into four sections: Gratitude for Painting, Setting Sail, Learning from the Good Fortune, and Meeting the Sages. This exhibition presents as much as possible the comprehensive view of the artist includes his creative trajectory of various types of painting such as western paintings, imitations, and sketch art, which aims to allow audience to fully understand Ye Maozhong- a person who wanders between nature and ink art world.There is a particular hall sharing the highlights of speech given by more than 20 scholars, artists in the seminar regarding the exhibition and the creativity spirit of the artist, an video playback area will be also set to show the opening event of the first exhibition in Shanghai. Meanwhile, this exhibition will be also introduced in university, a lecture about Ye Maozhong Art Exhibtion will be taken place in Sichuan Fine Arts Institute on May 27. We invite Xiao Gu, the ex-dean of Shanghai Oil Painting Sculpture Institute, Xie Xiaodong, the founder of Beijing ZaiArt Technology Company, and artist Wan Heng. The three guests will conduct a discussion about the artistic world of Ye Maozhong, together with the faculty and students there.
Ye Maozhong is a professor at Peking University, as well as a well-known brand marketing planner, art collector, and artist. Y’s art collection is dominated by modern Chinese masters such as Fu Baoshi, Xu Beihong, Huang Binhong, etc. His collection of modern paintings and calligraphy works is enormous and “incomparable nation-widely”, said by Liu Yiqing. Ye Maozhong’s collection stems from his love for painting. When he was 4 years old, his father drew a boat on the back of a cigarette box, which triggered his interest in painting. He began to save money to buy and imitate comics after he went to elementary school. When he was in middle school, he was able to help school art teachers with Chinese landscape paintings and flower-and-bird paintings. Ye Maozhong was admitted to the local cultural center in Taizhou, and learned art from Wu Junsheng, a student of Fu Baoshi. Ye Maozhong got into Design for Stage major at Jiangsu School of Theater Arts, and his professor Tai Qiyou was also a student of Fu Baoshi.
Influenced by the art style of his professors and Fu Baoshi, Ye Maozhong likes to create his painting using the method of “Bao Shicun.” His proficiency in the use of “Bao Shicun” makes his imitations extremely close to the original artworks. However, Ye Maozhong did not only imitate Fu Baoshi’s paintings but also paintings from Shi Tao, Bada Shanren, Wang Meng, and Wang Gongwang. By doing so, he mastered the basics of brush and ink, and tried to break through the gap between the ancients and himself.
As said by Ye Maozhong, “I’ve always been fascinated with the spiritual temperament of Song and Yuan Dynasty’s paintings. Paintings of Song Dynasty showing cares to natural, and focusing on the specification of ink created by painters; Paintings from Yuan Dynasty is about my self-spiritual caring, presenting the height of ink formed by calligraphy and painting technically. Even thou can’t reach the caring spiritual it had shown to natural and spiritual, but still yearn for it.” In recent years, Ye Maozhong has started to create more sketch art.
As the exhibition opens, the album of the same name will be released simultaneously, as well as the collection of speeches given in the opening exhibition seminar that responds the exhition, offering various perspectives on the artist’s creativity and bringing an unique way of reading that’s different from the exhibition, The album is prefaced by the curator Liu Yiqian and also includes an introduction by Ye Maozhong, a commentary by Tang Zheming, and an enormous of artworks by Ye Maozhong.The collection of speech assembles completely the discussions of more that 20 well-known experts, scholars,and artists revolving around the exhibition, the artist and his art creation in the seminar held on October 17, 2020 at Long Museum (West Bund).