Spirit from the Heaven——Jiang Zhixin
Jiang Zhixin is a legendary figure, speaking of his life as an artist. Over the years, he travelled alone, covered thousands of miles, from the west to the north, from the Yellow River to the Kunlun Mountains, from Gobi to prairie. A lone ranger, he trekked with tenacious perseverance one journey after another.
In my view, he differs from those ancestors, who stepped into the Nature, in a carefree and relaxed manner. He instead, devoted himself into the Nature, exposing completely his heart and soul, as if on a self-imposed exile, with the strong will of going purgatory. He embraced the almighty Nature with his humble self. In doing so, he has acquired the purification of his soul and uplift of his spirit. He has achieved the state of being "smooth" and "through"by synchronizing with every being between the earth and the heaven in his breaths.
His artwork not only portraits the magnificent landscapes and views, but also conveys limitless vitality and spirituality of the nature, which has combined both the depth of time and the breath of space, just like a spirit descending from the heaven, who has traveled beyond time and space.
Jiang Zhixin possesses a brave heart, speaking of his vision and adventurous spirit as an artist. At a time when the disputes still remain unsettled between going for the classic or the modern, between staying with the Chinese heritage or going after the Western call among Chinese artists, he has thrown behind all the stereotypes and set rules, transcended the boundaries imposed by all reality with innate sensitivity yet utmost consciousness, marching towards the yet to be explored domain of artistic manifestation. He indulged all his feelings in his artistic presentation, exploiting pen and ink with ample ease.
With such ease, Jiang painted in strokes and shapes, with traces of ink, by contrast of black and white, and with the rhythm of intensity against looseness. Jiang's artwork demonstrates uncanny workmanship in an ever-changing manner, while showing an aesthetic spirit in accord with the vigorous pulse of contemporary times. For me, his art has gone far beyond the realm of landscape painting. He has successfully escalated the artistic language of the Chinese water and ink painting to a new level by incorporating a modern contemporary element into this representation of Chinese culture.
FAN Di' an
Director of the National Art Museum of China
Vice Chairman of the Chinese Artists' Association
November 5, 2013
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