Auction | China Guardian (HK) Auctions Co., Ltd.
2015 Autumn Auctions
20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art

Tea Ceremony

Ink and Colour on paper

90 x 60 cm.35 3/8 x 23 5/8 in.

Signed in Chinese and dated on lower right

Liang Quan b.1948

Since Liang Quan returned home from overseas studies in the 1980s,he has been active in the development of abstract art. As one of the pioneers for Chinese contemporary abstract arts,Liang Quan’s creations have always been avant-garde,from the earliest installation art in China,mixed medium creation to the earliest abstract art. He has contributed largely to the development and advancement for Chinese abstract art. Following the uprising reforms of contemporary art,the artistic value of his works is more highlighted while people are valuing the abstract art.

In the painting “Seaside”,Liang Quan cut the rice paper or tore it into strips. The paper strips are thinly coated with light ink or light blue colors,followed by repeatedly stacking as the mounting skills in traditional Chinese painting to present the “stability.” Massive horizontal lines are used to express the sea surface and hints of remote memories. The painting’s structural framework and the varying richness in colors are executed through repetition,creating the possibility of line,form and color scalability in plane space. The painting also explores the mixed spirits of fun built on details. “Seaside” is a classic abstract seaside series created in 2008 with stable and meticulous composition plus harmonious colors,grace and majesty that merits repeated appreciation.

After he moved to Shenzhen,Liang Quan started thinking about new artistic language. He discovered some objects,such as tea,Chinese medicine and coffee that can intentionally leave traces on the paper. He studies the different liquid through observing the stains and the color,rendering traces and their mutual relationship on the rice paper. The idea of choosing non-color materials is the attention paid to the cultural background behind these materials. Liang Quan treats tea as the symbol for Chinese culture. He has upheld to studying the cultural symbol behind tea while tasting tea for years. He has gained profound understanding of tea and even acts like a tea expert. He infuses his comprehension for art and tea ceremonies to represent some kind of Zen spirit.

Price estimate:
HKD:100,000 - 200,000
USD:12,900 - 25,800

Auction Result:
HKD : 118,000



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