Zhou Jun and the magic of ink

SOME use wands to perform magic, he uses his brush and ink to conjure images and imprint his feelings on canvas.

Hailed by his contemporaries as one of the few “post-traditionalists,” Shanghai-born visual artist, Zhou Jun, has shown mastery over the ancient technique of splashed ink (pomo) and ink play (ximo), to create stunning visions of figures, landscapes and flowers, and birds and other animals, traditional genres of Chinese painting.

Working with ink, water and watercolors on highly absorbent mulberry paper, or silk, involves a very delicate technique-one which, under less masterful painters, easily blot and can cost many wasted pieces before getting it right, if at all.

His works have become part of some of the most élite collections in the world, including those of: Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands, the British royal family, Juan Antonio Samaranch (the former president of the International Olympic Committee), the Royal Museum of Art in Amsterdam, the Dutch National Bank, the European Culture Commission, the Austrian Ministry of Culture, and the Rockefeller Foundation in the U.S., among other museums, institutions and personal collections.

His name became even more familiar in art circles in the early 1990s, when 2 million prints of his works were issued by the famous art reproduction company Verkerke.

After living in Europe and learning the artistic ways of the West, Zhou Jun returns to his roots to further his art and style.

He says he chose the Philippines as his first stop in Asia because he believes Manila is a cultural hub and because of the rich influence of Chinese culture in the country. His one-man show ran from January 7 to 20 at the Ayala Museum.

For more information, visit Mr. Zhou Jun’s websites: http://zhoujun.eu and http://machielart.jimdo.com; or e-mail [email protected] .

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