Project DescriptionDescription: Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper, 41.5 x 75.5 cm. Entitled, inscribed and signed, with two seal of the artist, dated spring, jiazi year (1984)
Catalogue note: A contemporary Chinese artist known for both his prints and paintings. Huang Yongyu’s ink works are often scenes of wildlife, foliage, or human figures. Born in 1924 in China, he never attended a regular school and studied literature and art on his own. The artist was mainly dedicated to woodblock printing until he began producing ink-wash paintings in the 1960s. During the Cultural Revolution, Huang, like other artists was persecuted by the Mao Zedong’s regime. His well-known Owl paintings, which portray owls with one eye shut, was a meant as a symbol of government officials turning a blind eye to injustice, and this landed him in a labour camp for three and half years. In recent years, the artist has broadened his practice to include sculpture. Huang currently lives and works in Beijing, China. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Provenance: Acquired from Christie’s, Sale 16074, Lot 1615, Invoice no. DB18001829
Catalogue no.: 2018P0099-HY