“Nan Qi is one of the pioneers of the contemporary ink movement in China. There are 50 accomplished artists in this movement and he was voted as one of the top 10 by famous art critics. The movement started in 1985. Each dot has different layers of ink and water. His dots represent the mastering of ink technique, it is done very meticulously and requires a lot of patience. Every year, he creates a few single dots. It is really his signature and it changes a lot through years as one’s signature is also evolving.
Nan Qi was influenced by Warhol but he wanted to create something different, he is the first artist to go from 2D to 3D in ink and wash. His artworks achieve 3D effect without any 3D glasses or mechanical equipment. The 3D effect helps viewers to calm down immediately and frees the mind from daily worries. He uses software technology to duplicate the visa sign and projects it on paper. The important step comes with the introduction of ink in the sketch.”
Lara Sedbon and Xiaofan Wang, INSIGHTS INTO NAN QI’S ARTWORKS
Nan Qi was born in Yongkang City, Zhejiang Province, China in 1960. Unlike most Chinese artists, he was trained as a painter not in an art school but in the army. He graduated from the Chinese painting course at People’s Liberation Army Fine Arts Academy, Beijing. In 1990, he travelled to England and France to study European art. He moved to Hong Kong in 1995 and had several international exhibitions in Tokyo, Singapore, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and China before returning to Beijing in 2002. Nan Qi also made oil and acrylic paintings but later decided to focus on ink. He is now considered by many throughout China and the world to be the master of dots. The constant evolution in his technique and narration makes him a singular artist whose use of ink is on par with 3-D technology.
Nan Qi has participated in numerous exhibitions including the Contemporary International Art Fair Miami; the Royal Academy of Art, London; the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale; the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia; the National Art Museum, Beijing; the 3rd Chengdu Biennale and the Shenzhen Art Museum.
Nan Qi’s work has been recognized and awarded in both China and abroad. Among his distinguished awards include the Second Prize for “Great Wall Exhibition” by the National Museum of Art, Beijing; the Special Association Award at the “19th Japanese International Art Exhibition” by Ginza Art Museum, Tokyo; the Excellence Award at “The 9th Chinese National Art Exhibition” by the National Museum of Art, Beijing; the Contribution Award at the “European International Fine Arts Exchange”, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and the Excellence Award in “The 2nd Golden Award Exhibition of Chinese Art” by the Chinese Federation of Literature at Yanhuang Art Museum, Beijing.
The artist currently lives and works in Songzhuang Art District, Beijing, China. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Asian Artists and a member of the China Artists Association.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Ink.Dot.Pop: The Art of Nan Qi, The LUXE Art Museum, Singapore
Art Home: Power of Dots Private Viewing, Basel, Switzerland
What’s In A Dot? Nan Qi’s Post-Pop Experiment, G-Dot Art Space, MidTown Pop, Hong Kong
Nan Qi Solo Exhibition, Art Stage Singapore 2015, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore
Art Car: Car, Power, Sex Pop-Up Exhibition, Green Art Asia, Hong Kong
Nan Qi: Authority, Sex, Money, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore
Digital Ink Images: Art by Nan Qi, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
Eerie 3D: 3-D Ink Art by Nan Qi, G-Dot Art Space, Beijing
Ink and Sex Series: Works by Nan Qi, Yisulang Art Gallery, Singapore
Landscape and Seascape: Nan Qi Ink Painting Exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Ink Paintings by Nan Qi, Xianggena Gallery, Shanghai
Landscape Paintings by Nan Qi, National Museum of Art (Confucius Temple), Beijing
Selected Group Exhibitions
Art Basel 2017 HK, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
Being and Inking: Documenting Contemporary Ink Art(2001-2016), Redtory Art & Design Factory, Guangzhou
The 9th International In Art Biennale of Shenzhen: New Chinese Painting vs. New Ink Painting, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen
In Retrospect 2016: Contemporary Ink and Wash Exhibition, G-Dot Art Space, Beijing
Like / Not Like. Contemporary Ink Exhibition, Wuhan Art Space, Wuhan
Exhibition of Fine Artworks of Contemporary China: Chinese Culture Tour to South Asia, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka
Western Clouds and Eastern Language, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan
Ethereal Dimness, Avant-Garde Contemporary Art Centre, Nanjing
Water and Ink Methods: Chinese Academic Invitational Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing
New Dimensions in Ink·1st Nomination Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Ink, National Museum of Art, Beijing