Tian Xu Tong

China 1962


Tian Xu Tong
Tian Xu Tong
July 24, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

If we had to choose three words to describe paintings by Tian Xu Tong, we would definitely choose calmness, simplicity and peace. These words wouldn’t be chosen accidentally as the Chinese artist creates paintings influenced by his interest in Zen philosophy and the Song Dynasty, a culturally rich and sophisticated age for his native country when ink painting became an important and popular genre. His meditating monks represent the stillness, perfection and co-existence with the totality of all things Zen. Using brushstrokes that seem bold and spontaneous, his paintings resonate simplicity but also reflect the meanings of peace and universality.

Tian Xu Tong - Eternal Peace (Left) / Impression of Dawn (Right)
Tian Xu Tong – Eternal Peace (Left) / Impression of Dawn (Right)

Art of Tian Xu Tong

Tian Xu Tong found a great source of inspiration in the way sagacious monks live their lives: the simplicity of their lives, the concentration, tranquility, and mindfulness of every activity, the calm and peace they find in their days. They are often depicted while meditating on boats on water or on mountain tops illuminated by the sun’s or moon’s light in plain, abstracted space. His paintings remind us that in today’s world of ever-increasing responsibility and pressure, we all need to slow down, stop rushing, and enjoy the simple wonders of life.

Tian Xu Tong finds inspiration in the way sagacious monks live their lives

Tian Xu Tong contact
Tian Xu Tong – In the Midst of Dawn (Left) / Moonlight above the River (Middle) / Symphony of Tranquility (Right)

Zen Ink Paintings Exhibitions

Born in 1962, Tian Xu Tong graduated from the Central Academy of Craft and Design in Beijing in 1985 with a major in ink painting. His work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions and art fairs in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and the United States. Some of his recent solo shows include Tian Xu Tong: Zen Ink Paintings Asia (2014) and Tian Xu Tong – Zen (2012), both at HaKaren Art Gallery in Singapore. Amongst art career, Tian Xu Tong is a Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Tian Xu Tong lives and works in Beijing.

Featured image: Tian Xu Tong – Moonlight in the Heart (detail)
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Tian Xu Tong: Zen Ink Paintings AsiaHaKaren Art Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2012Tian Xu Tong - ZenHaKaren Art Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2012Affordable Art FairSingaporeGroup
2011Affordable Art FairSingaporeGroup
2010Fine Art Asia 2010Hong KongGroup
2009Silence and HarmonyBeijingSolo
2008ArtBeijing 2008BeijingGroup
2006ARTSingapore 2006SingaporeGroup
2004ARTSingapore 2004SingaporeGroup
2004The Door to Inner PeaceHaKaren Art Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2002New York Art ExpoNew YorkGroup
2001ZenHaKaren Art Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2000China Art ExpoBeijingGroup
1999China Art ExpoBeijingGroup
1995The 4th Asian Art ExhibitionBeijingGroup
1991Exhibition of Contemporary Installation ArtSingaporeGroup
1990Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese ArtHong KongGroup