About the Artwork

Zen Series

About the Artist

A perspicacious Chinese ink painter whose life and art are one and the same with the philosophy he depicts, Tian Xu Tong's name has become synonymous with Zen for his distinctive black-and-white ink-paintings of sagacious monks meditating on boats on water or on mountain tops insinuated by nuances of lines painted in plain, abstracted space. Pure, natural, elementary and calm, Tian's composed seriocomic allegories take the imagination through boundless space with a leisurely and carefree lightness. Incorporating and expressing both the clarity and power of focus, and infusing his works with the clever delight and simplicity of Zen philosophy on rice paper through ingenious brushwork and dexterity of conceptualisation, Tian's deceptively simple works embrace paradox on several levels and dimensions. Often appearing straightforward and outwardly amusing, one finds great strength and intensity of mind and thought in his spatial projections upon deeper and often recurring reflection. Since the late 1990s, Tian Xu Tong's one-of-a-kind blend of abstract sage, serenity and drollness have brought a world of audiences not merely aesthetic satisfaction, but on a great level, peace and a sense of spiritual fulfilment. 

Quite wind

by Tian Xutong

Ink on paper
$ 8,787
80 x 80 x 1 cm

Related arts