Breathing new life into archaic ink styles, the art of Wang Tiande is a masterful coalescence of literati art and contemporary aesthetics. Skilfully using incense sticks to create layers of singed imagery, the artist combines landscape images and diaphanous layers of burned xuan paper to create what has been called ‘Hallucinogenic Cultural Imagination.’ Driving the viewer’s field of vision, the landscape horizons are represented through burnt traces and marks that are as controlled and deliberate as the brush and ink that define them. The dizzying double vision is accentuated by calligraphic elements that provide abstract impositions, exaggerating the palpable sense of weightlessness. Meditating on creation and destruction, the simultaneous ephemeral and fleeting qualities of Wang Tiande are a poetic celebration and elegy to both past and present.
The artist’s signature style of double-layered painting consists of ink landscapes illustrated through scripts topped by an upper-layer of burned landscapes, which are then juxtaposed with monotypes from antique steles collected by the artist. In literati paintings, mountains represent the personality and merits of the artist; and Wang Tiande is one of their contemporary virtuosos, expressing his inner awakenings through the expression of his art. Delving into the conceptual introspections that form the framework of Chinese art perception today, Wang Tiande moves beyond the mountains of history and tradition, moving monumentally forward with revolutionary steps of fire and ink.