Tang Guo is a Chinese contemporary artist, recognized for his ink-wash landscapes, abstract paintings, and photographs that are deeply rooted in a long history of Chinese artistic traditions.
Tang Guo was born in 1955 in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. He studied at Nanjing Art Academy and Central Academy for Arts and Crafts, Beijing from 1986 to 1989.
Tang Guo has been able to create a very unique universe within the traditional media of ink painting and calligraphy, where the beauty of the work arises from the harmonious color gradations. Ranging in size from the miniscule to the large, Tang Guo’s abstract paintings of monochromatic fields change gradually from profound blue to intense shades of red. In his ink paintings on canvas, color is the basic element out of which a rigorous and poetic pictorial proposal is made, showing the artist’s clear interest in the relationship between color fields that mix and interact. Each brush stroke is unique and in zealous search for simplicity despite the reduced color range.
Given Tang’s fascination with calligraphy and predilection for using ancient techniques to make his own paper from tree bark, his work is in many ways anti-contemporary. Yet, his lyrical black-and-white landscape photographs and vibrant, nearly monochromatic abstract works subtly subvert tradition, repurposing classical techniques to explore an interior, rather than natural, universe.
In his black and white photographic series Water and Human Territory, a certain poetic nostalgia is articulated, where all the photos are devoid of humans. Whereas photographs from Water are abstract, blurred and subjective, Human Territory applies the tradition of realist and objective photo documentary.
While the ink works do exude Tang’s originality, the reportorial expansion into stop-motion animation work is the main attraction. A 13-minute video from 2012, titled The Rhyme of Ruins, compiles black- and-white photographs of natural material like dead branches and dry leaves. Although simple in form, it has a very hypnotic, mesmerizing effects, where a consistency of struggle and tension can be seen throughout the film until the fragments disappears, and silence takes over.
Selected solo exhibitions include the ones at the ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai in 2013, at the Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai in 2006, at the ShanghART H-Space, but also numerous exhibitions across Europe, especially in Italy, where his work can be found in many private collections.
Tang Guo resides and works in Nanjing.
|2006||Water & Earth - Tang Guo||Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai||Solo|
|2005||Human Territory||ShanghART Gallery H-Space, Shanghai||Solo|
|2005||Make Up- Chinese Xiqu Theme Art Exhibition||Beijing H Art Museum, Beijing||Group|
|2005||Temperature||Northdelan Art Museum, Danmark||Group|
|2005||The First Reality- Chinese Photographical Exhibition||Europe Union Head Exhibition Hall, Brussel||Group|
|2004||Move on the pace, change the scene||Nanjing Art Museum||Group|
|2004||Very closely associated with each other||50 Mo Gan Shan Lu, Shanghai||Group|
|2003||Happy Water||Pingyao International Photographical Festival, Shanxi||Group|
|2003||Happy Water||Century Palace Art Museum, Beijing||Group|
|2002||Water - Tang Guo photography||ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai||Solo|
|2002||Chinese Experimental Ink & Wash Art||Qindao,Yantai||Group|
|2001||Tang Guo New Works||ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai||Solo|
|2000||Shou - Long Life||La Galliavola, Milan, Italy||Solo|
|2000||New Chinese Ink Paintings||Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai||Group|
|2000||Location East Asia - Contemporary Art from China, Japan and South Korea||Contemporary Art Museum, Ju Cultural Centre, Shanghai||Group|
|1999||Fortune Global Forum Contemporary Art Exhibit||Jinmao Podium Bldg. Shanghai||Group|
|1999||'99 Chinese Ink & Wash Paintings||Guangzhou||Group|
|1999||Ways - Contemporary Art Exhibition||New Zhejiang Library, Hangzhou||Group|
|1998||New Works on Papery by Tang Guo||ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai||Solo|
|1998||Chinese Paintings - First Invitational Exhibition||National Art Museum, Beijing||Group|
|1998||A Retrospective of the Art of the 20th Century||Warshaw, Poland||Group|
|1998||5 Cinesi a Verpuno||Arte Nel Castello, Italy||Group|
|1998||Stars of the Century - Biannual of Chinese Art||Chinese Art Museum, Ontario, Canada||Group|
|1997||Jiangsu Art Monthly ’97 Invitational Exhibition||Nanjing||Solo|
|1997||Original & of the Best||Hong Kong.||Group|
|1996||Tang Guo’s Abstract Works||ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai||Solo|
|1996||Tang Guo: Ink & Wash Paintings||Guo Fu Memorial Museum, Taipei, Taiwan||Solo|
|1995||Flying over the Homeland - Tang Guo’s New Works||Eastern Gallery, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing||Solo|
|1995||20 Years of Jiangsu Art Monthly||Nanjing Museum, Nanjing||Group|
|1994||Hong Kong - Beijing: Tang Guo’s Painting Exhibition||Cultura Office of the Italian Embassy, Beijing||Solo|
|1994||Estern Homeland: Tang Guo’s New Works||Phims Gallery, London, U.K.||Solo|
|1994||Unrestained Wandering & Reality||City Hall, Hong Kong||Group|
|1993||China's Christian Art||Mt. Daofeng, Hong Kong||Group|
|1992||Spring Exhibition||Times Gallery, Guangzhou||Group|
|1992||Modern Chinese Art||Cactus Shadows Fine Art Centre, Carefree,Arizona, U.S.A.||Group|
|1991||Tang Guo||International Art Garden, Beijing||Solo|
|1991||China's Fan Shaped Paintings||Concert Hall, Beijing||Group|
|1991||The Collection of the Jiangsu Art Monthly||Xiongshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan||Group|
|1991||China's New Literati Paintings of the '90s||Institute of Chinese Painting, Beijing||Group|
|1991||Ink & Wash Paintings by Young Artists from Jiangsu||Daqian Gallery, Beijing||Group|
|1991||The Practical Art of Paper||Shanghai Library, Shanghai||Group|
|1990||Tang Guo||Cultural Office of the Italian Embassy, Beijing||Solo|
|1990||China's New Literati Paintings||Institute of Chinese Painting, Beijing||Group|
|1990||Five Man's Exploration of Chinese Painting||Shizhu Work Shop, Beijing||Group|
|1990||Spring Exhibition||Institute of Chinese Painting, Beijing||Group|
|1986||International Youth Year: A Grand Art Week with Young Artists from Jiangsu||Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing||Group|
|1982||A Travel to the West||Gulou Park, Nanjing||Group|
|1980||The Art Show by Jiangsu Farmers||Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing||Group|