R2. HUANG GANG (b 1961)
box, red star 2007
86 x 200 cm
Huang Gang’s paintings radiate an atmosphere of austerity and introspection through his use of sacred Tibetan scriptures, Chinese calligraphy and cultural artefacts. He expresses concern with a lack of spirituality in an increasingly materialistic world. Renowned for their semi-abstract interpretations of ancient motifs, his paintings nevertheless appear decidedly contemporary with their substantial textures and striking combination of colours which
have symbolic rather than descriptive value. Huang Gang considers art, rather than religion, as the custodian of eternal wisdom.
Adapted from A spiritual path: the recurrence of Tibetan Buddhist art. Solo exhibition catalogue, Modern Art Gallery, Taiwan (2006: