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CUI Zifan

(China 1915 – 2011)

Birds, rocks and flowers
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper

96.0 x 44.7 cm image; 186.0 x 59.6 x 68.5 cm scroll

Signature & date
Signed u.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "… in 1977, Cui Zifan". Signed l.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Cui Zifan [artist's seal]".
Purchased 1985
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

'Born in 1915 in Laiyang County, Shangdong Province, Cui began studying painting at the age of twelve, copying the styles of the great 17th century individualist painter Zhu Da and the later masters Wu Changshuo and Qi Baishi. The influence of these artists is evident in Cui’s dramatic and expressive brushwork. More recently his style has been characterised by an increasing individuality in the economic use of powerful brushworks and rich colours. For many years Cui was Vice-Director of the Beijing Studio of Chinese Painting and he was advisor to the Beijing Society for the Study of Bird and Flower Painting. Cui’s biography includes being placed first for outstanding artwork in Beijing in 1981, and holding various one-man shows in China. In 1981 he participated in an exhibition from the Beijing Painting Academy held in Canada and an exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Painting organised by the Chinese Cultural Foundation of San Francisco in 1984, which toured America.'

'Contemporary Chinese Painting', AGNSW, 1985, pg.5.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Chinese Painting, 'Cui Zifan', Sydney, 1985, 14 (illus.).

Jacqueline Menzies, The 4 seasons, 'Flowers', not paginated., Sydney, 1989, (colour illus.) not paginated [chart].

Exhibition history (4)

Contemporary Chinese Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 May 1985–30 Jun 1985

The four seasons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Jun 1989–Jul 1990

Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995

Brushstrokes from Asia (1997), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 25 Jan 1997–20 Apr 1997