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Chinese artist uses nature to soothe


The ink and color painting “Creek” (2003) is part of Tian Liming’s solo show at Hakgojae Gallery in central Seoul. Provided by the gallery

Those who see Tian Liming’s paintings for the first time at his solo show in Hakgojae Gallery, central Seoul, might think their hues are too faint, as if the canvases have faded.

But if viewers continue to study the artworks, the pale pastel tones and white spots of light will ease their minds.

Tian, one of the leading pioneers of modern Chinese ink paintings, combines the country’s traditional technique of painting in ink without outlines and the French Impressionistic technique of depicting light spots.

The 33 pieces on display show urbanites, as well as children and women from farm villages, which resemble the figures seen in old Taoist paintings, in a peaceful and Arcadian mood.

“I paint idealistic landscapes so that my paintings could heal people’s mental fatigue from modern life,” the 59-year-old Beijing-based artist told the press at Hakgojae.

*The show runs through June 15. Admission is free. For details, visit or call (02) 720-1524-6.

By moon so-young []

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