'The idiosyncratic and self-taught Beijing artist He Jianguo has brought both new life and new opportunity to the great tradition of Chinese brush and ink painting. A fan of Western artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne and Kandinsky, He Jianguo seeks to instill his own work with the breadth and opportunity of those Western artists whose work he so admires. His brushwork and sense of composition are both free and novel in the Chinese experience. The inscription states that this scroll was 'painted by He Jianguo in 1985 on the occasion of [his friend] Mr. Chen's sixtieth birthday'.'
‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.174.
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Place where the work was made
hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
140.0 x 80.0 cm image; 251.0 x 78.0 x 86.0 cm scroll
Signature & date
Signed u.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "… Jianguo in 1985", with seven seals of the artist.
Not on display
© HE Jianguo
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
New Art from China:
Chinese New Literati Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–05 Oct 1997
Referenced in 2 publications
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 174 (colour illus.). Illustration in catalogue is upside down.
Claire Roberts, New Art From China - Post-Mao Product, Sydney, 1992, not paginated. Catalogue no: 1 (illus. colour)