Chinese artists by Michel Nau - Yang Xiaojian
   
   
 

Yang Xiaojian

 

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Permanent exhibitions of recent works by Yang Xiaojian at the Base of Ink studio Moganshan Lu, Shanghai - Permanent exhibitions of recent works by Yang Xiaojian at the Base of Ink studio Moganshan Lu, Shanghai.

 

biography

   

 

     
 

1960

Yang Xiaojian, which literally translated means " strong athlete " was born in Taiyuan,

   

capital of the Chinese province of Shanxi, into a very sports orientaded family.

    His father, Yang Shuiyin, head book-keeperat the Zhongyan glass Company in Taiyuan,
    was one of the first official table tennis umpires in the Républic of China.
    His mother, Yang Yueying,  acknowledged by the authorities as a " national athlete "
    beat the table tennis world champion three times.
     
 

1964

As a child, he spent hours playing with colours, and drawing on the floor using red brick.
    His mother taught art art a primary school, and gave him pictures to colour, and calligraphy
    to copy.
     
 

1967

He started at the  Haibianjie primary school in Taiyuan. Here, he was able to take part

   

in a  variety of activities, and in the evenings he helped his mother to make copies

   

of the newspapers, in order to earn some pocket-money. His written works was often

   

shown to others as an example.

     
 

1969

He attended Nanhajiie school and helped illustrate the wall news.

     
 

1970

His mother was sent to the village Guxian. He accompanied her there and had a taste  

   

of hard agricultural work.

     
 

1972

He went back to school, where he showed a keen interest in reading.

   

IIt was here that he first met Yie Qing who later became his wife.

     
 

1976

He joined the Army,  PE Special Forces. In his spare time, or while he was on standby,
    he spent his time doing calligraphy, on the floor, using a stick.
    When this was noticed, the Army offered him the job of doing the lettering on military maps.
   

However Yang Xiaojian wanted to learn more, and in order to get hold of more calligraphy

   

books, he wrote a letter which was published in the China Youth newspaper. As a result,  

   

he was sent hundreds of books, including one by Li Zhengshi 李正時, a teacher

   

in Huangshi, whose  calligraphy particularly impressed him. From that moment onwards,

   

he could only think of one thing : that he wanted to study.

     
 

1981

He had to wait another year before being demobilised and enjoying a taste of independence.
    He worked on different styles of ancient calligraphy with different teachers :
   

The Han dynasty, with Yuan Xulin 袁旭臨

   

Li style with Yan Jun 閻俊

 

 

Cursive style with Tian Shuchang 田樹萇

     
 

1984

He married Ye Qing
     
 

1985

Birth of his daughter : Xibei

     
 

1989

He took part in a calligraphy competition for the first time, and won first prize; he then entered competitions on a regular basis, and the following year he won the gold medal
in Sanya, and third prize in Beijing.
     
 

1993

Birth of his second daughter : Jiayuan

     
 

1994

His lenghthy discussions with professor Wang Yong 王鏞, the calligrapher,  

   

Zhao Lengyue 赵冷月 the well known artist, and Liu Jiu'an 劉九庵 of the Palace Museum,

   

helped him make progress not only with his painting but in his way of thinking.

     
 

1998

After the death of his father, he decided to travel to Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand
    with his mother.
     
 

1999

He bought an appartment west of Shanghai in Kanghong Garden.
     
 

2000

He travelled to Korea and to China : to Sanya and the Yunnan, Lijiang, to the mountains
   

of Yulong Snow and to Shangri-La, gathering ideas for paintings.

   

He reads a great deal, and was interested in the painters Motherwell, Dubuffet, Sulerque,

   

De Kooning, De Pierce. His work was becoming more abstract.

     
 

2005

In Shanghai, he set up his second studio " Base of Ink" at 50 Moganshanan Lu, and put his work on display.
He took part in a number of collective exhibitions  of calligraphy and contemporary art, in Beijing, Seoul, Hong-Kong, Macau and Shanghai.

     
 

2006

Exhibitions of his work were held in Japan, at the Soukoku gallery in Kyoto and the North Kamakura gallery in Tokyo.
     
 

2007

The Kyoto city Museum held an exhibition of his work.
     
     
   

Danièle Sicard

 

 

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exhibitions

 


solo exhibitions
 

  Chine   Autres Pays
       

1992

   

Japan
Kobe  
Kyoto  Osaka

       

2005

Beijing  Contemporary Gallery
Yang Xiaojiang - Wei Ligang
Picture of Triturate The Ink
   
  Shanghai  Base of Ink    
       

2006

   

Japan
Kyoto  
Soukoku Gallery

     

Japan
Tokyo  
North Kamakura Gallery

       

2007

Beijing Twoline Gallery  

Japan
Kyoto   
Municipal Museum of Art

      France
Paris  
Julie et Hélène Gallery
       
 
 

 

 

 

 


collective
exhibitions
 

 

China   South Korea

1993

Beijing
International Famous calligraphers
in 20th century

 

   

1998

Beijing  China Art  Gallery
7th exhibition of calligraphy  and Seal cutting
 

 
   

1999

Beijing  China Art Gallery
3rd exhibition for couplet writing

 

   

2003

Taiyuan
1st exhibition for Youngs and Mi-aged  calligraphers'works in  Shanxi

 

 

Seoul
International Famous Calligraphers
exhibition

 

Nanjing  Art Museum
Fifteen  Nominated Famous calligraphers
 

   

2004

Beijing  Jinri Art Museum 
2nd National exhibition  for fashionable Writing style

 

   

2005

Hong Kong  Art association
three artists
 

Seoul
International Modern Calligraphy exhibition

 

 

Shanghai  Great Theatre Gallery
 

   
 

Beijing   O.C.Space
exhibition of contemporary Art
 

 

   
  Beijing  To Day Arts Museum
Construct The Ink Map
Yang Xiaojian & Wei Ligang
 
   

2006

Beijing  Shang-Shang Museum
exhibition of contemporary Art

 

   
       

 

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Yang Xiaojian

 

It's the friend. Who knows how to reveal the intelligence of black.

 

Clouds dissolved by the breeze, torn apart. Absorbed by the paper.

 

The destruction of writing to make it speak. Evidence.Which shows its viscera.

 

No aestheticism. Abstraction pure, precise, sensitive, monumental. Where

 

sometimes blankness is painted white.

 

Xiaojian has mastered all the media, covering all the possibilities.

 

His painting beats the chamade. Today, Xiaojian reflects the heartbeat of the world.

   

Michel Nau

   
 

 

     


     

1989

60 Poems of Xi Murong

Pen Calligraphy collection

 
       
       

1990

300 Tang Poems

Pen Calligraphy collection

 
       
       

1991

Wonder of Pen Calligraphy

Pen Calligraphy collection

 
       
       

2005

Picture of Triturate the Ink

Modern Calligraphy collection

 © Yang Xiaojian - Construct the Ink Map

 

 

Construct the Ink Map

 
   
  A joint exhibition of Contemporary Calligraphic paintings by :
  Yang Xiaojian & Wei Ligang
 

29 cm x 24 cm

 
  219 pages  
 

isbn : 962 85723 9 3

 
 

 

 
     

2006

My Empire of the Sun

Pen Calligraphy collection

 © Yang Xiaojian - My Empire of the Sun

   
 

Monograph of the  works 1998 - 2006 by Yang Xiaojian

 

29,5 cm x 25 cm in chinese and english

  Forewords :
 

Fan Di-An : From Calligraphy to Scripting

 

Liu Xiao-Chun : A Calligrapher ink-brushing

 

in Beijing and Shanghai

 

Tang Feng : The Wash-Ink Nietzsche

  many reproductions
  350 pages    
 

isbn : 962 86523 7 0

   
       
       

2007

MY 我的 2007

   © Yang Xiaojian - My 2007
  The photography of Yang Xiaojian
 

21,5 cm x 23 cm

 
  Presentation : Makang - Men Cong
 

isbn : 978  988 17 150 2 9

 
     
     
       

2011

Black Sight 黑視力

   
     
  Collection of personal works  © Yang Xiaojian
 

26,5 cm x 24,5 cm

 

Foreword : From Rebellion to Creation; Yang Xiaojian's journey

 

in Calligraphy  par Fan Di'an

  The Edges of Darkness par David Paskett
 

Sinking into the Blakness par Tang Feng

 

Works : My classic My calligraphy  My landscape Albums    

  My Ink Base  My Experimental Plant  My Hardedge Blacksight  
  My Photography    
  Artist Biography    
  many reproductions    
  357 pages    
 

isbn : 978  988 19274 3 9

   
       

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