The Vibrant Ink Works of Life of Li Jin

The Vibrant Ink Works of Life of Li Jin
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Better known for his luxurious and colourful depictions of the sensorial pleasures of contemporary China, Li Jin (born in Tianjin in 1958) began a career in art, moving away from worldly existence, when, still a student, he spent entire months in Buddhist sanctuaries faithfully reproducing the celebrated murals of the Caves of Mogao near Dunhuang. Flesh and Bone offers a complete panorama of the internationally acclaimed early works of the artist, revealing the story of his formation, particularly his self-exile in Tibet. The title of the exhibition recalls Li Jin’s interest in the human body as a subject and means, as a foundation of experience and artistic creation, as well as a metaphor for the interaction between pen and ink, control and spontaneity, essence and appearance. Outright “chronicles of flesh and bone”, the ink works of Li Jin tell of personal and universal life experiences, moving from scenes of pleasure or coexistence between man and beast, to totem images of an archaic past which explore an infinite gamma of situations, the inevitability of solitude to the fervour of desire, from the physical banalities of daily life to the subtle shades of love.

Silvia Sole - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing