Yang Jinsong, Mountain No.2, 2021, oil on linen, 113x138cm
Mountain Song

20 May - 19 Jun 2021 Yang Jinsong

Mountain Song

Featured artist Yang Jinsong

Mountains are a potent metaphor for constancy in a changing world. Yang Jinsong returns to Sydney with Mountain Song, his first exhibition since his show in 2013 at the Ray Hughes gallery.

Trained at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and Kassel College of Art (KhK), Yang has incorporated both Eastern and Western perspectives in his art. The dynamic strokes of black and grey lines are inherited from the calligraphy tradition, which Yang practices daily. His works remind us of artists such as Cy Twombly who explore the lines between drawing and writing. They also draw on the sublime landscape paintings and poetry of the Song Dynasty and give the title of the exhibition, Mountain Song, its double meaning.

Internationally renowned German art critic, Ursula Panhans-Bühler wrote: “Yang Jinsong brings the audience in contact with a richness of experience which is often hidden behind many everyday duties that have overridden its deepness. That is the role of an artist.”

Yang Jinsong, Mountain Song installation view

Mountain Song installation view, 2021

Mountain Song installation view, 2021

Mountain Song installation view, 2021

“This is the role of great artists’ vision, to bring the audience in contact with the richness of deep memories that are often hidden behind too many everyday duties and shortcuts of visual information.”

“Mountain Song” – A new achievement of Yang Jinsong

Ursula Panhans-Bühler

Few weeks ago, Yang Jinsong sent me via email some files of his new landscape paintings, and I was deeply impressed and moved from these overwhelming masterpieces. His pictorial language has got a new, astonishing sovereignty.

His artistic language is not thrown over the vision like a mere personal artistic hand writing where behind the actual vision of the landscape as such fades away. On the contrary, his mode of painting brings in the foreground Nature’s life in itself, and any beholder might receive it by its own sensible response. The artist acts more like an intermediate organ to provoke this sensation, calling up in the audience’s memory visions that maybe are faded away or never really accompanied by an attentive awareness. This is the role of great artists’ vision, to bring the audience in contact with the richness of deep memories that are often hidden behind too many everyday duties and shortcuts of visual information.

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