Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
Included in Christies' forthcoming auction, "Chinese Contemporary Ink" to be held in Hong Kong on 1 June 2015, Qiu Zhije's work on paper, "Blessed Child", amongst others, has been highlighted as a significant work:
"Dedicated to the artist’s daughter, A Blessed Child is part of a series of works which seek to turn conventional cartography on its head, mapping cultural and historical narratives that reach far beyond the atlas.
Here, Zhije maps the hand, plotting the lines which — according to fortune tellers — can chart a subject’s behaviour, thoughts, sensibilities, experiences, beliefs, and relationships.
Emblazoned on an open palm, the work is stylistically reminiscent of early European maps and Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings. Sketched phrases encapsulate the lofty pretensions of youth (‘reading romantic novels to escape from reality’) or stand as sage truisms (‘fierce critics do not always mean ill’) — the artist juxtaposing traditional beliefs with contemporary expectations of life."
Qiu Zhijie (b. 1969), graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou in 1992. His artworks appear in various media and formats, including oil painting, photography, video, and installation art. Qiu moved to Beijing in 1994 and has dedicated much of his time to ink paintings and calligraphy since mid-2000s. Although trained in printmaking at school, Qiu studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy since childhood and considers ink and brush as his innate tool to formulate his thoughts and ideas.
Last at auction in Hong Kong (November 24, 2014), an ink and ink rubbing work on paper, with the 'monumental' title of 30 Letters to Qiu Jiawa, L10-You Need to be the Spring of the World, L11-Do not Believe in Oaths of Eternity, L12-Do not Let Exaggerated Expressions Become Your Own Burden achieved an equally, monumental price of HKD$6,640,000 against an estimate of HKD $1,800,000 – 2,800,000.
With an estimate of HK$350,000 to $450,000 for A Blessed Child it will be interesting to see the outcom