Galerie du Monde is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Wesley Tongson. Exploring the evolution of Wesley Tongson’s spiritual journey and artistic path marked by outstanding dedication and passion, the exhibition will showcase Tongson’s aptitude in a range of techniques, from Chinese shan shui (山水; a style of traditional Chinese painting that involves or depicts scenery or natural landscapes) and calligraphy to splash ink, to his monumental landscape and plant paintings created with his hands, fingers and nails.
One of the most important ink artists from Hong Kong, Wesley Tongson had a dynamic career spanning from the 1970s to 2012. He began with a foundation in Chinese brush painting and studied Western painting at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Returning to Hong Kong in 1981, he went on to explore and teach himself splash ink painting. Tongson diluted washes in ink with brilliant mineral colours, a combination that conveys luminosity and grandeur. The dark ink tones which depict mountains are well balanced by the intense colours of the sky above. His splash ink landscapes seem to have an effortless spontaneity.
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