M. Sutherland Fine Arts, an Upper East Side gallery specializing in Contemporary Chinese Art, is currently holding a solo exhibition of works by Hai Tao (海涛, b. 1959). His expressive monochromatic landscapes are subtle, yet intricate, representing an innovative new approach to China’s lengthy tradition of ink painting.
Mountains Sprout to Fill the Heavens, one of Hai’s works featured in this exhibition, owes much of its technique to classical masters of Chinese landscape painting. Even the title of the work highlights the poetry and dynamism of the artist’s approach. Devoid of outlines, Hai uses gradients of black ink to define surfaces and create depth. In the center of the composition, a white expanse rises like smoke in the foreground. Around it, different tonal washes wind sinuously, creating a dreamy, fantastic landscape of deep caverns and steep cliffs, culminating in a steep tip. The twisting, wispy mountains bear strong resemblance to Chinese scholar rocks but are clearly imaginary, conjured in the artist’s mind, but Hai provides them the same stylistic treatment as traditional mountain landscapes of reality. This fusion of an abstract form with classical literati painting is a thoroughly expressive new incarnation of ink painting.
Though not a part of the exhibit, another painting featured in the gallery serves as a fitting compliment to Hai Tao’s painting. Similarly, Jia Youfu’s (賈又福, b.1942) untitled landscape also features an expressionistic abstract landscape. The inky, dense black and the vibrant, unusual orange create a richly pigmented contrast. It is only upon seeing the rocky crag rising through the swirling splotches of color, dotted with the silhouettes of a herder and his oxen that one remembers this is a rustic landscape. Both ink paintings, the works by Hai Tao and Jia Youfu serve as exceptional examples of the new directions of Chinese ink painting.
M. Sutherland Fine Arts, 纽约一家专注中国当代艺术的画廊， 目前正在举行画家海涛（b.1959）的个人画展。 他充满神采的水墨山水画微妙并雅观， 创新了历史漫长的中国水墨画。
《拔地倚天》， 海涛的作品之一， 在基础方面起源于中国古典山水画大师。 就连画的提名展现了海涛的具有诗意和活力的风格。他使用深浅不一的墨水， 而不是轮廓， 创造深度和距离。在图的中间，一笔白山如烟般升起，不同浓度的墨弯曲在它的左右聚成山涧， 画出了深深的洞穴和高高的峭壁， 如梦幻一般的风景。 扭曲，纤细的山崖相似古代供山，但明显是画家幻想之中的景观。海涛画的虽是抽象的景，但用了传统中式山水画的风格，融合了古代文人的传统和现代抽象画，表现出水墨画新的化身。