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Landscape abstraction is part of a series of miniature paintings that I have been developing over the years as a personal diary. The series pays tribute to the Tang dynasty poem The arduous road to Shu by Li Bo, in which he described the dizzying cliffs, deep ravines and hidden dangers of the journey from Chang’an to Shu. I have always thought of this poem as being allegorical in some ways and can empathise with the venture as each painting represents my own mountainous and sometimes tortuous journey as an artist.
Chee Yong, 2017