YANG XIAOJIAN 杨小健

b. 1960 Chinese

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yang Xiaojian was born in 1960 in Taiyuan, China and moved to Shanghai in 2000. As one of the most important innovators of Chinese contemporary calligraphy, his bold revival of classical calligraphy into a form reflective of Western abstract expressionism has earned him the title of "the Oriental Ink Beast." In these large works on paper, the artist deconstructs Chinese ideograms into full powered, ambitious compositions that challenge conventional East-West categorisation. 

Early in 1990s Yang Xiaojian started to show his artworks home and abroad. In 1998, his works were first exhibited in National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Around 2005, several solo exhibitions were held in Japan and China. Later, solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Switzerland were successfully held one after another. His works are widely praised and continuously concerned by domestic and foreign critics. Important collections include National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Shanghai’s National World Financial Centre, Bank of Switzerland, LVHM Group, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Shanghai and Portman Hotel USA.

 

In the words of Professor Fan Di’an, Director of the National Art Museum of China: "Yang Xiaojian is an artist who challenges both native tradition and western influence with a Chinese medium—the ink and wash—an art form that he committed himself to for the last 20 years, proving in the process that art is both a means of spiritual redemption and an action of cultural transcendence of universal significance.”

 

 

杨小健于1960年出生于山西省太原市,2000年移居上海居住至今。作为中国当代书法最重要的变革者之一,他大胆地运用西方抽象表现主义的风格来复兴传统中国书法,开拓了全新的抽象水墨艺术语言,因而赢得「东方墨兽」的称号。在大幅的宣纸上,艺术家将汉字解构及重组成为充满动力、雄心勃勃的构图,毅然向因循守旧的艺术形式提出挑战。

 

作为一名中国当代书法领域里的改革者与探索者,杨小健自上世纪九十年代以来一直奔走于国门内外,不断向人们展示自己对于水墨艺术的理解。早在1998年,他的作品便首次亮相中国美术馆。2005年前后,他在日本东京和京都成功举办了个人作品展;至今,他曾在法国、德国、瑞士、美国等多地成功举办数次个展,其作品广受国内外评论界的赞誉与持续关注。主要收藏包括中国美术馆、上海国际环球金融中心,瑞士银行,路易·威登集团,上海丽思卡尔顿酒店,美国波特曼酒店等。

 

中国美术馆的范迪安馆长曾写道:「杨氏是一位运用水墨这种中国艺术媒介向本土传统和西方影响挑战的艺术家。在过去的二十年裡,他不停地在艺术表达中探索,…在这个过程中证明艺术既是一种个体的精神救赎方式,也是一种具有普遍意义的文化超越行为。」