Born in 1976 in the Jiangxi province in the south of China, Huang Fei grew up in a small village where his father and grandfather were both craftsman working with lacquered furniture. Huang Fei and his brother were both trained in painting on furniture. In 1994 Huang Fei moved to the famous city of porcelain, Jingdezhen where he studied calligraphy, ink painting and blue and white painting on porcelain known as Qing Hua. He studied under two different master teachers; the first a traditional approach to the ancient Chinese dynasties. The second teacher was more contemporary and this, together with meeting Western Artists has allowed Huang Fei to develop his own successful free style of work.
Since 2008 he has been exhibiting his contemporary porcelain tiles in both group and solo exhibitions in Jingdezhen, Nanjing and Shanghai. This has led to lectures, workshops and exhibitions in Nova Scotia Canada, Art in Action in Oxford UK. Huang Fei is one of the first artists from Jingdezhen to exhibit outside of China and is committed to developing his unique expressive, contemporary, porcelain within China and internationally.
“I work with ink wash painting on rice paper and cobalt blue and white on porcelain, both of these are influenced and connected to my training as a calligrapher. Movement and spontaneity are integral to the works and a constant throughout my practice. The subtle qualities found within the ink wash painting such as the tonal variation to give three dimensional depth and the gentle spreading of pigment using water as the carrier are techniques I have developed in cobalt and porcelain clay tiles. I feel that the Impressionist movement in Europe has parallels to Chinese brush painting and Monet is one of my favourite artists as he works from nature but has created a deep emotional feeling within the work through the abstraction of the imagery.
As I grew up in a rural environment, the natural landscape is my main source of subject matter. Cherry blossom, persimmon fruit, lotus , egret and fish all carry deep childhood memories and are loaded with symbolism of the poetic life of an artist. I sketch from life everyday to give me new inspiration and ideas to develop my work. For me it is important to maintain an element of realism within an abstract interpretation of the landscape and to be contemporary in my thinking as an artist. Also my many collaborations with Western artists visiting Jingdezhen has allowed me to formulate a new view not to stay in Chinese tradition , and to make comparisons between the East and West.”
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