Persistence of Form

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Persistence of Form is a pair of artworks by Chinese artist He Ping. They are composed of Chinese ink on Chinese rice paper, set on canvas. They each measure 72cm x 72cm. This work was donated to Fondazzjoni Kreattività in 2016 and is now part of the Fondazzjoni Kreattività Art Collection.

In these art works He Ping infuses quintessential elements of Chinese culture with a contemporary and modern expressionistic approach. Despite the abstract facade of the works, Ping’s abstraction is, in effect, deeply rooted in nature, life and mankind as he attributes their intrinsic qualities with a spiritual impression visible through their external physical form. Ping’s forms are animated with the bold invigorating monochrome contrast of black Chinese ink against a white background, or through a fusion of bright-coloured paint which radiates a different kind of life force.

Aesthetically, Ping’s works resemble rotund personas absorbed in introspective meditation. Yet, his simplified representations, or rather symbols, venture into the realm of minimalism wherein elements hidden to the human eye are revealed through images defined by the familiar forms of traditional Chinese calligraphy.

It is through searching in the depths of things that I discovered the infinite possibilities of painting. There possibilities may not be apparent, but they are indeed an existing component of the colorful and structural constituents of life and the universe. [1]

He Ping

Persistence of Form Artwork 1
Persistence of Form Artwork 2
Persistence of From, by He Ping


Persistence of Form has been displayed in the following exhibitions:

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