A friend has just linked me this set of extraordinary photographs by the Chinese artist Dong Hong-Oai. I think they're properly mind-blowing, they look wonderful rendered in the desaturated sepia/monochrome colour palette that makes them so reminiscent of the mesmerising work by the old Chinese painters and calligraphers. I've always had a real soft spot for the type of old Asian painting, I focused on a lot of it when I was doing GCSE and A level art. Apart from the stunning landscapes and serene images of village life depicted in the old paintings, I was particularly interested in how they incorporated calligraphy into their pictures. This was something I used to do a lot in my artwork, using short sentences or proverbs to flesh out the theme of a piece of artwork.
Posted by Ajantis at 17:47