Sun, 24 Oct 2021


According to statistics, sales in the art market increased by 10% in the first half of 2021, with the Asian market recovering the most. Taiwanese ink wash painter and calligrapher Wu, Li-Ying recently exhibited "Autumn Waterfall and Red Maple," which attracted the attention of collectors.


Taiwanese ink wash painter and calligrapher Wu, Li-Ying, exhibited the new work "Autumn Waterfall and Red Maple," which attracted the attention of collectors. (Photo via Merxwire)

Taipei, Taiwan (Merxwire) - In 2021, the Asian art market grew by 18%, and paintings and calligraphy works have attracted the attention of collectors from all over the world. On the eve of Art Basel, The Taipei Ink Wash Painting Research Association held a Member Joint Exhibition in the Taipei City Council Art Corridor in Taiwan. The joint exhibition invited 75 calligraphers and painters to exhibit nearly a hundred calligraphy and painting works, including landscapes, figures, flowers, and birds. The delicate painting techniques are pleasing to the eye. Taiwanese ink wash painter and calligrapher Wu, Li-Ying, exhibited "Autumn Waterfall and Red Maple" in the joint exhibition, attracting experts and collectors' attention. The spectacular waterfall and warm autumn maple, the cold and warm overlap, show the harmony and beauty, attracting many people to stop and admire.

According to the United Bank of Switzerland report, the entire industry's sales increased by 10% in the first half of 2021. Distributor sales in Asia are the region with the most significant growth, with an average gain of 18% in 12 months, of which the Greater China business grew by 6%. Furthermore, 37% of the respondents believe that the profitability in 2021 will be higher than that in 2020, and another third of the respondents predict that their profitability will remain stable. The largest distributor with a turnover of more than US$10 million is the most optimistic about its profitability this year. Furthermore, 43% of distributors expect the net profit margin to be higher than last year, indicating that the art market is heating up and the Asian art market is attracting attention.

Wu, Li-Ying took a group photo with the works. (Photo via Merxwire)

The international market is gradually favoring the ink wash painter market. Wu, Li-Ying, who is good at creating ink wash paint, has attracted attention from all walks of life. "Autumn Waterfall and Red Maple" depicts autumn scenery, combining clouds, waterfalls, and autumn maple leaves. Through the intensity and lightness of the ink, it highlights the magnificent momentum of the waterfall venting downwards. The red maple leaves make the painting distinct. The painting is dotted with birds, showing the liveliness and vividness of the creatures, and guiding the viewers to appreciate the connotation of the work.

Wu, Li-Ying was born in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. She has been in contact with ink wash paint for more than 30 years. Her paintings are collected in various provincial art museums in China. The pictures are elegant and soft, with vigorous and delicate brushstrokes, combining Eastern and Western painting techniques. Wu, Li-Ying not only specializes in creative skills but is also good at using diversified art communication methods. Wu, Li-Ying said: "An artist is not only an art creator but also a disseminator of culture, hoping to let the painters appreciate the aesthetics of ink wash paint paint and calligraphy."

Ink wash paint and calligraphy are representatives of Chinese art. The primary ink wash paint only uses water and ink, only black and white. Later, that developed other colorful ink paintings and color paintings. The characteristics of ink wash paint are: focusing on meaning without focusing on entities, and a small part of the painting retains pure white. The Taipei Ink Wash Painting Research Association regularly organizes member works exhibitions every year, with ink wash paint and calligraphy as the theme, and promotes traditional calligraphy and painting art.

After visiting the member exhibition of the Taipei Ink Painting Research Association, be sure to appreciate Art Basel. The exhibition will be held in Basel, Switzerland, from September 20th to 26th, 2021. This is the second time Art Basel has appeared in Europe since 2019. Two exclusive exhibition areas were planned for the exhibition, including the "Infinite" exhibition area and the "Parcours" exhibition area all over Basel, which will open a new milestone for contemporary art.

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