ISBN : 978-988-98388-6-9 / 978-988-98388-6-7
Publisher : Osage
Date Published : November 2006
Author : Jonathan Thomson, Zhang Renyuan
Editor : Agnes Lin
Designer : Carrie Chi
Curator : –
Artist/s: : Tong Yanrunan
This publication was published as the catalogue to the exhibition, About Face held at Osage Kwun Tong from 24 November 2006 to 26 January 2007.
About Face is a solo exhibition by Tong Yanrunan. Tong was born in 1977 in Jiujiang, China and lives in Hangzhou. Tong’s work may be seen as a model of classical Chinese painting insofar as it contains each of the much quoted “Six Elements of Painting” recorded by Hsieh Ho and widely regarded as the most influential descriptions of the art of Chinese painting ever written. His paintings have spiritual and rhythmic vitality, highly disciplined brushwork, display a good likeness to the nature of the subject, have true colouring, good composition and bear witness to having learnt from the best of tradition, but have also been infused with the artist’s own particular character. Many of Tong’s images are ostensibly portraits but his interpretation of likeness to true nature, rather than superficial appearance, gives each its own very special quality.