From Imagery to Abstraction: an Exhibition by Invitation of Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting Essay

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Contemporary Chinese oil painting is characterised by a rich and varied milieu from which a plethora of ideas and a great diversity of styles and schools have emerged. From these, a multitude of directions has developed. As we are unable to present the entire scenario of contemporary Chinese oil painting in one exhibition, we have selected a theme which has enabled us to draw out one of the threads in the history of contemporary Chinese oil painting. Contemporary Chinese oil painting can trace its roots to the end of the 1970’s; when the national “reform and open” policy propelled Chinese art into an era of unprecedented growth. During this time, the oil painters emerged as forerunners. Indeed, almost every wave of new thought in contemporary Chinese art has the realm of oil painting as its point of origin. Almost half of the history of contemporary Chinese art is about oil art. In the development of contemporary Chinese art, oil painting has been in the forefront as the “head wave”, while oil artists have always been the driving force for change. Even during the time of “New Wave Art”, when paintings were not the focus, oil artists played an active and crucial role. The dominance of oil painting is indicative of a consciousness, an awareness among oil artists of the close relationship between oil painting and contemporary Chinese art, including all the issues and obstacles the former faces. Every movement in oil painting has predicted what is to come in contemporary Chinese art. It began at the end of the seventies with “Scar Art” and “Rustic Art”, and went on to the “Aesthetic Movement” that leaned towards the poetic and lyrical. Then there were the “85 Movement”, “In Search of Roots” and “Purifying the Language.” The development of contemporary Chinese oil painting can be encapsulated in the Classical Realism, Cynical Realism and Political Pop movements; and

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