The result is an intense, muddy interplay of movements.

Trees 2

(Also called Trees Series 1, 树系列1 in the exhibition)

  • 2020
  • 1455 x 1845 mm
  • Chinese ink and colour on paper

Unlike Trees 1 where the trunks and branches are boldly outlined to give the painting a surreal presence, the trunks in Trees 2 have less definite strokes. Instead, forms are established in an elaborate network of lines strewn together to look like humans in a hypnotic, even erotic dance ritual. Trunks of deep brown and red bleed through, merging into greens and light shades of orange like limbs in dreamlike sway. The tones of the colours are not clean as they have been allowed to drown into and mix with each other. The result is an intense, muddy interplay of movements. Unlike Tree 1, the artist here seems less interested to present the forms as trees; rather he seems joyfully lost in his own jungle of ink.