Yang Gang – 2004
Oil Paintings by Yang Gang





方毓仁 2004年6月

Oil Paintings by Yang Gang

It is hard to image that Yang Gang started out as an oil painting student.

In the 1960’s, at fine art school, he studied both Western oil painting as well as traditional Chinese ink painting. After graduating he concentrated mainly on the latter. First painting in gong-bi (fine detailed style), and then later in xie-yi (free-hand style), and also in da xie-yi (almost abstract style), and was highly successful in all these methods.

In the early 1990’s Yang Gang returned to oil painting. He tried to transfer the concept of abstraction, which he had learnt in Chinese ink painting, into oil painting. At first it was very difficult for him to re-familiarise himself with the tools and materials that he had ignored for almost twenty years. That is why it has taken him ten years of practice to be willing to show his oil paintings to the public.

In his oil paintings the patches of colour now replace water and ink to create the rhythm; the palette knife and brush are now instrumental in defining movement, whereas previously this had been created by wet and dry ink on rice paper. The herdsmen, leading their horses, jump from rice paper onto canvas and gallop away into a world of colour.

As an oil painter Yang Gang does not limit himself to the traditional oil painting techniques of emphasizing light and shade or defining small details. His aim, rather, is to capture the spirit of traditional Chinese ink painting and to transfer these characteristics onto canvas. Thereby creating his own unique oil painting style.

Fong Yuk Yan

June 2004