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Bao Lede     宝乐德 - Land and Sea,   2016  

 

Echo of The Inner World

  In Bao’s landscape works, there are ink traditions and something new as well, they are about what he feels in nature, not what he sees. Everything goes through his mind, the mountain can be gray or blue, woods can be purple or orange. Chinese art has its tradition of landscape, which is not realistic or impressionistic but ideogrammatic.  

The landscape is an enchanted mixture of individual emotion, energy, and present-day culture, reflecting Bao’s Chinese background and his life in the western world. Kongling , an idealized expression of spirit and aesthetics,  is the realm of all traditional ink landscapes, which is revealed in uninhabited mountains and serene  water. As oil color is laid by palette knife and big brush onto those ink strokes and textured layers of rice paper,  Bao adds his modern life and sense of western culture to the old tradition. It becomes an individual and personal style in which Kongling can be expressively articulated with bright color; idealized lofty aesthetics can be uttered in total human emotion and energy. Bao’s landscape is a modern expression of old Chinese tradition, a unique mixture of west and east.

Bao has experimented with mixed media for more than 30 years. The gentle, magical and delicate transformation of ink on rice paper quietly emerges on the canvas, and also strong ink stroke like calligraphy brushed on canvas, this is his eastern way of expression. Within them are those expressive, textured gestures of bold, pure color strokes, and also textured palette knife stroke, this is his western way of expression. Now he often paints without ink and rice paper, with oil, he still creates the same effect of powerful mixture of ink and oil, east and west, the unique and only style in this world.


 

Cool Morning Breeze

40 x 40"      oil on canvas

 

The Sunset in My Memory III

30 x 30"      oil on canvas

Thinking of Last Fall I

24 x 18"      oil on canvas

 

Snow , Snow

12 x 16"      oil on canvas

 

Great Marsh - Fall

24 x 24"      oil on canvas

 

Great Marsh - Spring

25 x 25"      oil on canvas

 

The Sunset in My Memory I

25 x 25"      oil on canvas111

 

Thinking of Last Fall II

36 x 36"      oil on canvas

 

Green Mountain and Water I 

30 x 30"      oil on canvas

The Sunset in My Memory II

24 x 30"      oil on canvas

The Sunset in My Memory VI

30 x 40"      oil on canvas

Thinking of Last Fall III

24 x 18"      oil on canvas

Green Mountain and Water II

30 x 30"      oil on canvas

 

The Sunset in My Memory V

25 x 25"      oil on canvas

Thinking of Last Fall IV

40 x 40"      oil on canvas

 

Fly Over The Dune - Pilgrim Lake

40 x 40"      oil on canvas

 

The Sunset in My Memory II

30 x 30"      oil on canvas

 

Mist Rain

58 x 50"      oil on canvas

 

Thinking of Last Fall V

24 x 18"      oil on canvas

 

The Sunset in My Memory VI

16 x 16"      oil on canvas

 

A Gust of Wind

30 x 30"      oil on canvas

 

Snow Is Coming

20 x 24"      oil on canvas

 

   

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