Tian Chi's passion about nature is seen in the recurrent subjects in his paintings, such as hawks, rocks, natural scenery etc. In this somewhat abstract landscape, he places animals including a snake, a monkey, an elephant, an owl and a wild cat among flowers and bushes. The thick undergrowth weaves into a tightly knit, abstract pattern. The intensity and dynamics of the pictorial elements, the large negative space and the scroll-like frame all come together to demonstrate the sensibility of the artist and his awareness of space. The right and left borders being rolled up simulate the format of traditional handscroll, as if only a selective part of the painting was presented and more of it would be revealed as the scroll was fully opened.


  • Title: Inverse
  • Creator: Tian Chi
  • Creator Lifespan: 1949
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Jiangsu, China
  • Date Created: 2001
  • Physical Dimensions: w280 x h152.5 x d25 cm
  • Artist's Biography: Tian Chi is the grand-nephew of the noted modern Chinese artist, Wu Hufan. He learned Chinese painting under the tutelage of Pan Tianshou in 1965. He moved to Hong Kong in 1981 and went to France in 1986 to study Western painting with the well-known art critic, Nane Stem. His works have been selected for the "Hong Kong Biennial Exhibition" presented by the Hong Kong Museum of Art many times and were featured in his solo exhibition "Hong Kong Artists Series : Tian Chi" (Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong, 1996). He was the winner of the "Urban Council Fine Arts Award (Painting - Chinese Media)" by the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1996.
  • Type: Ink on paper

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