Born in Shanghai in 1948, Deshu had an interesting childhood studying traditional ink painting and seal carving…as in stamps, of course. His career was interrupted by the Cultural Revolution and he was sent off to work in an uninspriring plastics factory.
After the Mao turmoil ended in the early 1980s Deshu developed his signature style of works called “fissuring” meaning tearing and change in Chinese as well as being a pictorial metaphor of Deshu’s life to date.
To create his paintings the artist applies vivid colours to rice paper which he tears up and then mounts the fragments to a base layer, often leaving space between to create “cracks” that he feels are symbolic of life’s journey.
Michael Goedhuis, collector, dealer and curator of the exhibition says: “This is the first time that Qiu Deshu’s work will be on display in the UK and we are incredibly excited… to be able to present a retrospective exhibition of Qiu Deshu… is an exceptional opportunity.”
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Excerpt taken from Mountainscape (red)
Ink, acrylic and rice paper on canvas
200 × 360cm