The landscapes of Qiu Shihua are about mood and emotions; they have withdrawn to the edge of visibility. In this catalogue for Qiu Shihua’s one-man show at Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong) in 1991, Chang Tsong-zung interpreted Qiu’s artistic expression as follows: ‘Qiu Shihua arrives at these pictures by re-creating real sceneries which return to him in meditation, thus giving them their strange, rarefied atmosphere. And significantly, his technical process must be re-created by the viewer in the process of studying the work. Perhaps the rare virtue of Qiu’s art lies in recovering for us the mysteriousness that is embedded in our own vision. From the edge of visibility, the viewer is led to review his own mode of perception.’ A biography of the artist is included.
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