Zhao Yi Zhou
Zhao Yi Zhou ’s Chinese calligraphy is a graphic art. It is a high technique of painting which combines the features of both printing and painting. He embraces the long tradition of Chinese calligraphy while using an alchemic ink of his own invention to add new textures, here he mixes images and texts relating to philosophy, spirituality and literature.
Zhao Yi Zhou is widely regarded as the finest contemporary Chinese calligrapher in the UK. His compositions are informed by philosophical, aesthetic and historical inquiry and explore both traditional and contemporary innovations to uncover the principles of Chinese Shufa. Yi Zhou teaches calligraphy at SOAS and the British Museum, London.
Mr.Zhao Yizhou, deeply influenced by Eastern and Western philosophies, was appraised by the British Museum as “the most outstanding contemporary calligrapher in Great Britain”, and was called “the leader of contemporary Chinese calligraphy” by the British “The Times”.
His calligraphy works look both in calligraphy and landscape paintings. Amazing textures and color pigments are integrated into each character. The texture and color pigments of traditional calligraphy, strengthens the artist’s emotional expression, and visually elevates the two-dimensional plane, which has remained unchanged for thousands of years, He created a three-dimensional sculptural feeling af calligraphy. Although there are colors, the colors are not obscene, and they are beautiful but not flamboyant. Branches but not vines, gentle.
The ink is mixed with Bordeaux red wine, Scotch whisky, and occasionally with the breath of Kweichow Moutai. The work is impressive, touchable, and smellable. It is the perfect visual art to complement one’s home.