Observing the Growth of Life – Art by Shuyu Yin

Curator: Tiehan Wu

Opening Reception: Saturday January 13th, 3-5pm

Curator Talk (in Mandarin): January 13th, 2-3pm

Exhibition: January 8 – February 29, 2024

Presented by Lipont Gallery and curated by scholar Wu Tiehan, the Observing the Growth of Life – Art by Shuyu Yin Exhibition will open on January 13, 2024. This exhibition will display over ten exquisite flower and bird ink-on-rice paper prints by Yin. The famous art critic Mr. Yongnian Xue commented: Shuyu Yin’s freehand flower and bird paintings are very good at expressing inner beauty. This kind of inner beauty is nothing more than two things: one is the touching poetic feeling of dialogue with nature, and the other is the tranquil and peaceful feelings rich in cultural accomplishment. His inheritance and development of the freehand tradition lies not only in the form of the brush and ink structure, but especially in the freehand concept and cultural spirit.

Yin was born in Hebei, China. He studied at the China Academy of Art by the West Lake, and later studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts under Mr. Lichen Zhang, a famous contemporary flower and bird ink painter. Yin later received his master’s and doctorate degrees. After graduation, he worked at the China Academy of Art and became deeply involved in creation. He is good at freehand flowers and birds and has meticulous theoretical thinking. He is a distinctive young artist.

In addition, Yin has a unique understanding of pen and ink sketching. This exhibition is named Observing the Growth of Life based on this. Sketching in modern art education refers to sketching of objects. Sketching in ancient flower and bird history refers to “moving animals” to express the characteristics and life status of flowers and birds. Yin’s sketches have two outstanding characteristics. First, they are free and casual, without any trace of deliberate workmanship. The second is to imitate while sketching, combining imitation, and sketching into one.

In freehand flower-and-bird ink painting, it is not only inseparable from the generalization and refinement of objects, but also must be achieved through the operation of brush and ink. Sticking to the ancient schemas of refining objects will obscure individuality and fresh feelings. If you blindly use your brush and ink based on your personality without paying attention to the details of the depiction, it will also weaken the expressive power of art. Yin is not only good at expressing the most significant features of objects with concise, free and controlled brush and ink, but also notices that the various contrasting and unified relationships of brush and ink forms conform to the laws of formal beauty, just like calligraphy. Through the combination and separation of the brush that dominates the ink and the images extracted from the objects, he maximizes the “image-external meaning” and “brush-external interest” of brush and ink-like objects to write the heart.

As a representative young flower-and-bird ink painter born in the 1970s, Yin’s growth and creation in the art process are exemplary. The images of his hometown are becoming more concise and concise through the communication of brush and ink. In the traditional Based on the foundation, it shows the interest of the times. The moving part and contemporary value of Yin freehand flowers and birds lies in its creative inheritance of the essence of freehand brushwork.

Among the prints on display, four of them of flowers and birds are accompanied by poems and calligraphy by Xuefeng Yi, which complement each other interestingly.

The exhibition will open on Saturday, January 13th at 3:00 pm to the public. At 2:00 pm on the same day, curator Tiehan Wu will give a talk in Mandarin to explain the meaning of Yin’s works in detail.


Shuyu Yin
Shuyu Yin, a native of Bazhou, Hebei, China was born in Xianghe, Hebei in 1974. He is currently a Tier One Artist, doctoral advisor, and director of the Art and Calligraphy Department of the Graduate School of the Chinese Painting Institute, China Academy of Arts. He is the host of the Art Observation column and a member of the Chinese Artists Association. He graduated from Hebei Light Industry School majoring in ceramic art in 1994. In 2000, he graduated from the Flower and Bird Painting Major of the Chinese Painting Department in China Academy of Art with a bachelor’s degree. In 2005, he graduated from the Chinese Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree. In 2011, he graduated from the Institute of Formative Arts of the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a doctorate.

Tiehan Wu
Curator Tiehan Wu, born in 1976, is the director and curator of Beijing Shuyu Painting Gallery. He graduated from the Environmental Art Department of the Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University in 2004, the Philosophy Department of Peking University in 2017, and the TWU University in Canada in 2023. He is currently studying for a PhD in philosophy at GETS Theological Seminary in Los Angeles. The art exhibitions he curated include Youth Companion in 2013, The Life of Observation in 2014, Academic Qingzhou in 2015, A Rain Makes Autumn in 2017, and Fun among Flowers in 2019.

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阴澍雨,河北霸州人,1974 年生于河北香河。现为中国艺术研究院国画院一级美术师、博士生导师、研究生院美术与书法系主任,《美术观察》栏目主持,中国美术家协会会员。1994年毕业于河北轻工业学校陶瓷美术专业。2000 年毕业于中国美术学院中国画系花鸟专业,获学士学位。 2005 年毕业于中央美术学院中国画系,获硕士学位。2011 年毕业于中央美术学院造型艺术研究所,获博士学位。