5 - 11 August 2014
10:00am - 6:00pm
From 5 to 11 August, Poly Auction Hong Kong will be holding the “Glossiness of Uncarved Jade—Solo Exhibition of Cui Ruzhuo” at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. The exhibition will include 38 ink paintings and calligraphy works created by Mr Cui Ruzhuo since 2011, which present the erudite flavour unique to oriental landscape paintings as well as vivacious life sentiments through his powerful, rich brushwork. The creations strive to achieve a combination of poetic elegance and picturesque essence, while his ancient-style brushwork touches with a contemporary perspective bring to us unprecedented space beauty by prompting the real-virtual interaction. Representing an organisation, synopsis and display of the painter’s creations and painting explorations over the past few years, the exhibition will not only facilitate exchanges and discussions between artists, but is also intended to be an exceptional chance for more Hong Kong and Asian art-lovers to experience Cui’s unique erudite flavour and brushwork touches.
In his early years of creation, Mr Cui Ruzhuo followed the approaches of such masters as Shi Tao, Zhu Da, Wu Changshuo and Fu Baoshi. Starting to learn calligraphy at a very young age and being an apprentice of Mr Li Kushan, Cui has a calligraphy style which is a continuation of that of Zheng Songxian, calligraphist of the Stele school. Cui is a genuine master of calligraphy and painting: his breathtaking natural sceneries and poetic sketches of lotus ponds with moon shadow are created in a plain, unadorned and unsophisticated manner but reveal a majestic grandeur. The general focus is laid on natural simplicity while certain works display a high emotional expressiveness with attention-grabbing nuances. Despite his application of a wide array of professional skills, the flexible approach does not come with the slightest hint of affected manners. For example, in his work entitled Autumn Lotus, a few sprays of flourishing lotuses can be seen just beside the rocks. Zhou Dunyi wrote the following in his Ode to the Lotus Flower: “Lotus is unsoiled even when it grows in the muddy pond, and is not conceited even when it stems from clear water. Standing straight and coherent within, the lotus neither spreads about nor divides into branches.” Dignified and unyielding, the image of the lotus in Cui’s work additionally presents its blossoming vivacity, where the flowers are embellished with several lotus leaves formed by ink smudges. The masterpiece emanates both noble character and an imposing splendour.
This exhibition will also feature several small art pieces which are equally lively and fantastically magnificent despite their smaller sizes. The brushwork of the landscape paintings is plain, where the images are formed by delicate ink patches with only slight colour variations and a rich, simplicity-based aesthetic value. The painter is proficient in using “thick-ink” and “break-ink” techniques, creating a boundless ambience through soft, intermingling patches of varying strengths. In his creation North Wind is Blowing the Soft Rain, Cui Ruzhuo sketches the silhouette of seaside hills and a handful of small travelling boats simply with a few “dry-ink” endeavours. With the hill shadows afar formed by light patches, a uniquely oriental, poetic flavour with rich romance can be readily perceived.
In the arena of calligraphy, Cui’s adherence to the Stele school means that his calligraphic style is powerful, overwhelmed with an ancient essence, and presents considerable strengths despite its apparent simplicity. Through a combination of his calligraphy and painting quintessence, a strong sense of space, and the Chinese notion of “oneness of heaven and humanity”, Cui’s works shine with distinctive artistic values.
About Cui Ruzhuo
Born in Beijing in 1944, Cui Ruzhuo is a renowned calligraphist, painter and art connoisseur. He was awarded a honorary doctoral degree in art by Drew University, New York in 1984, and is currently a PhD supervisor at the Chinese National Academy of Arts. In his early years of creation, Cui followed the approaches of such masters as Shi Tao, Bada Shanren, Wu Changshuo and Fu Baoshi. Starting to learn calligraphy at a very young age, Cui has a calligraphy style which is a continuation of that of Zheng Songxian, calligraphist of the Stele school, and is an apprentice of Mr Li Kushan in the field of painting. The National Museum of China is now showcasing his finger-ink art exhibition.