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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    X. Wang, ed., Sky's Fate, Hebei 2005, p. 23 (ill.); H. Lee and L. Weng, Beyond Boundaries, Shanghai, 2003, p. 176 (ill.); H. Deng and X. Liu, eds., Chengdu Biennale 2001, Sichuan 2001, p. 183 (ill.)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ye Yongqing was born in 1958 in Kunming and graduated from the Sichuan Fine Art Academy in 1982. He is one of the few Chinese artists whose work is strongly rooted in conceptual and abstract art, and his work draws on a wide range of historical references from Twombly to Basquiat. His works in acrylic are spare, poetic renderings of abstract symbols and birds that reflect a utopian theme and an artistic sensibility that is at once reductionist, yet instinctively lyrical in its gestures.

    “A person, a style, or an art school can have potential for growth, followed by wither and ultimate decay. If it wants to develop, it must depend on the initiatives of multiple artists to seek a new ascension. The most difficult task is to discern and recognize the problem when everything is progressing smoothly, and to seek new strategies. Hence, you find that none of skills, analysis, and knowledge base could make a difference. The only thing that guides one through this difficult path is sensitivity and courage. This is how I understand the role of a painter. After seeing many of my precursors and peers, I know that I am not the only person in the world to feel frenzied and terrified. It is very painful to make decisions. We need to cultivate courage and suspicion everday; we can never learn instincts and consciousness from books.” (Y. Ye, artist’s statement, H. Lee and L. Weng, eds., Beyond Boundaries, Shanghai, 2003, p. 174)

93

Poem

2001
Acrylic on canvas.
85 1/2 x 77 1/4 in. (217.2 x 196.2 cm).
Signed and dated "Ye Yong Qing [in Chinese and English] 2001" lower right.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm
London