Gao Xing Jian

Reflection, 2000
Ink on Paper, 107 x 81 mm

USD 24,700 – 35,300

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About the artwork

Gao weaves a vision for which the destruction of reality is a prerequisite. He speaks of an inward gaze, "when I close my eyes I try to see things; within the darkness there are tones, glimmers, the potential of seeing without actual vision, I try to capture what is barely perceptible - the seed of a picture. Nothing fixed, nothing sharp."



About the artist

Gao Xing Jian is a man who wears many hats - painter, novelist, playwright, translator, director, and critic - and is the first China-born recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000 since inception of the prize more than a hundred years ago. Born in Jiangxi Province of eastern China in 1940, Gao began painting as a child and at the age of ten, wrote and illustrated his first short story. He graduated from the Beijing Foreign Language Academy in 1962 with a major in French. In 1987, Gao left China to settle in Paris where he began a fruitful period of literary and artistic creation. Gao paints in Chinese ink and has had over thirty international exhibitions in such places as Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Paris, Marseille, Berlin, London, New York, Vienna Luxembourg, and Moscow. Gao evokes an inner vision of which the destruction of reality is a prerequisite. He also speaks of an inward gaze, "When I close my eyes I try to see things; within the darkness there are tones, glimmers, potentials of seeing, I try to capture what is barely perceptible - the seed of a picture."

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