Aesthetics in Northern Song Landscape Painting and Its Modern Implications

5 Nov 2022 

Chinese landscape painting had fully matured by the Northern Song Dynasty, with great masters emerging during this era. Their works convey the elegance and cultivation characterizing the recondite erudition and cultural sophistication of literati culture. 


Manifesting the ideals of 'to traverse, to view, to journey and to reside' within the representations of nature, these works undoubtedly represent an insurmountable apex in Chinese art and have had a long-lasting influence ever since. This event will explore the legacy of the Northern Song landscape painting from the viewpoints of both art historian and artist.


Date Saturday, 5 November 2022

Time 2:30–5:00pm

Location 01-G04 to G05, G/F, Headquarters Block, Tai Kwun
Language Mandarin 




Section 1

Art Talk: Aesthetics in Northern Song Landscape Painting and Its Modern Implications

Speaker: Dr. Fangting Jiang (Associate Curator of Hong Kong Palace Museum)


In this Art Talk, Dr. Jiang will share insight on the aesthetics of Northern Song landscape painting from an art historical perspective, and speak about its legacy within the context of contemporary ink art.


Dr. Jiang's scholarly interests include Chinese painting and calligraphy as well as connoisseurship and history of collecting. She received her BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Peking University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong respectively. Dr. Jiang embarked on a curatorial career as a postdoctoral fellow at the Art Museum of CUHK, where she worked as co-curator and co-editor for the exhibition“Transcending Transience: Art and Culture of Late-Ming Jiangnan”and its accompanying publication. She is current the Associate Curator of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. She is the co-curator and co-editor of the special exhibition, 'The Making of Masterpieces: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Palace Museum', which celebrated the grand opening of the HKPM.




Section 2

Dialogue with Artist Li Huayi


The section 'Dialogue with Artist Li Huayi' will focus on how Northern Song landscape painting has influenced Li Huayi's work. Together with our moderators Dorothy Lin (Gallery Director, Business Development) and Elaine Wang (Gallery Associate Director, Business Development), Li Huayi will explore how literati ideals are reflected through painting, as well as discuss the value of traditional ink in contemporary times, with reference to his artistic innovation of incorporating gold as a medium into ink painting.


About Li Huayi

Born in Shanghai in 1948 and settling in San Francisco in 1982, Li Huayi's practice revitalises Chinese landscape painting traditions from the Song Dynasty through the lens of contemporary Western methods. In 2008, Li began in a new direction, executing ink paintings on antique Japanese gilded screens instead of paper. In 2019, he presented his latest series of works comprising ink and gold leaf on silk, showcasing whimsical and unrestrained pictorial expressions of poetic, immersive dreamscapes that project light and boundless space.






Any information, opinions and views shared or expressed in this symposium are based on personal research and opinion. The viewpoints of the individual speakers are not representative of Kwai Fung Hin and do not constitute an endorsement of any artists, products or artworks.