Gallery: Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong
Artist(s): Hoon Kwak
Opening / Event Date: 27 Sep, 2019
Closing / End Date: 7 Dec, 2019
In her first exhibition with Karin Weber Gallery, ‘The Sound of Silence’ Li Ting Ting presents a body of work that includes her signature still-lives and landscapes, as well as works incorporating woodcarvings. There is a sense of blurring of boundaries in Li Ting Ting’s paintings as traditional Chinese ink painting techniques fuse with modern themes, almost creating a new genre of art. Her paintings have a whimsical, fairytale feel to them that is part classical and part pop. This evolution of a new style is a tribute to the artist’s creativity and sensitivity. “There are many interesting things about ink painting. Once you get into it, the fascination is irresistible.” says Li.
Li Ting Ting celebrates and glorifies the humble objects of daily use by reverentially turning them into centerpieces in her still-life paintings. However, rather than creating classical compositions, her contemporary renditions are infused with a sense of life and movement. Li’s works have a poetic feel to them as shoes, statues and crowns are uplifted into delicate, ethereal forms with the timeless elegance of Chinese ink painting.
Using woodcarvings among her works creates a conversation between another’s creativity and her own. The resulting fusion of voices produces a profound stillness that draws the viewer in to listen to the sounds of silence and interpret them with their own imagination.
About the Artist:
Born in 1982 in Shanxi, China, Li Ting Ting graduated with a BFA from the College of Arts, Shanxi Normal University, China in 2004. She pursued her studies to obtain a MA from the College of Art, Renmin University of China in 2007. The artist currently lives and works in Beijing. During her ten years of art practice she has achieved a considerable mastery over her medium and techniques. Her love for fashion and unique combination of modern subjects with a traditional technique has resulted in a bold and “cool” evolution of Chinese ink painting. Li Ting Ting has succeeded in creating a niche and reputation for her work both locally and internationally. Her paintings are in the collection of Today Art Museum in Beijing, The Origo Collection and White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney.