Su Dong Ping (b. 1958)

Su Dong Ping was born in 1958 in Shenyang, Liaoning province. He taught painting and art history for over 20 years after graduating from the department of oil painting at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts. His revolt against the traditional education model has lead to his deviation as an abstract artist.

Su Dong Ping’s father, a devotee of calligraphy, is Su Dong Ping’s mentor who has had great impact on his artistic practice. Through his father, Su Dong Ping learned the concept of ‘bu miao’, which means not to follow rules docilely when writing calligraphy, but to let the spirit and thought flow on paper spontaneously and decisively. Su Dong Ping’s artistic language is based on the principles of calligraphy. He employs the measure and spirituality of calligraphy in his abstract painting. It is casual fortuity and instantaneity that contribute to the ideal state of ‘bu miao’, which according to the artist is the highest realm of painting.

The restraints from traditional education, family and his social environment awakened Su Dong Ping’s inner impulses and aspirations, which had been repressed for a long time. Su Dong Ping layers his works with thick paint day after day, impregnating them with strong emotional and visual tension while infusing them with his life experience, which reflects his self-sentiments at that very moment. The insight is beyond there and then, beyond the relativity of time, between instantaneity and eternalness, and beyond spatial relativity. His works are cathartic, having escaped from the constraint of time and space, and enter into a state of purity.