In his ink-brush paintings, Fang Xiang uses loose strokes to create a half-real, half-imagined world. His depictions of these landscapes are full of details of animation, expressing his reflections of worldly affairs and interpersonal relations, and provoking a shared yearning for a simple life.
At his solo exhibition Almighty Creation in Men's World, Fang has shown at the China National Academy of Painting dozens of his ink works in which his mature brushwork display years of exploration with the presentation of the ink and brushes, to achieve a spiritual state of ease.
Fang says painting is like climbing a mountain, and as he endeavors to ascend to a higher level, he feels aspiring and meanwhile confused and unassured; but he enjoys being in such a state.
The exhibition is part of Not Alone in the Righteous Path, an exhibition series initiated by the China National Academy of Painting to show works of its resident painters. Fang's show runs through to Sept 15.