EARLY WORKS

Calligraphic Art and Gesture

Painting and calligraphy on paper, brown color, title: Lavorare stanca

Lavorare stanca (labor tires)        

inks, paper
10x30 cm
© Chen Li
1997



Details: Serie of calligraphic works on paper, tribute to formal and not formal script, words, poetry, colours. In a very minimal way.

Calligraphy / Words / Gesture
I worked for more than 10 years only on paper since 1994 to 2004. It's a group of works dedicated to poetry, to calligraphy and to alphabets. From 2004 I started working on canvas with calligraphy.  
calligraphic artwork using red and pink uppercase calligraphy on white paper.

"Blazing in Gold",70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper

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calligraphic artwork using brown free calligraphy on white paper.

"Infinito", 70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper

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calligraphic artwork using brown calligraphic letters on white paper.

"Happiness", 70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper

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red vertical painting-calligraphy

"Untitled red" 2005

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red, pink and black calligraphic sensitive square painting

"The Gift", 2006

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calligraphic painting where dark red wine letters flew in water

"Happiness", 2006

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calligraphic poem black grey and light brown

"Borges-the riddle" 2003

calligraphic painting in grey letters

"Flowing", 2005

calligraphic artwork in yellow, grey and violet

"Vento Cardinale" 2007

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Chen Li has rightfully earned her place in the long line of this fascinating tradition of oriental writing. Her adept juxtaposition of words, letters and images see the former transformed almost beyond recognition into pure signs, in an evocative extension of gesture. It is not by chance that she has sought inspiration in three great poets from the West, thus engendering a cross-continental dialogue and at once creating synergies that grow naturally in the field of artistic expression. The backbone of Chen Li’s work is the technical expertise that guides her gestures when creating space; this harmonises with her desire to communicate. Sometimes the individual words fade and disappear, testifying to the expressive dynamics that combine to form a symphony of colours charged with thoughts and sentiments. Just as with Giacomo Leopardi’s famous lirica, we are faced with a ‘blissful’ castaway. At the same time, we are reminded of Borges’ wonderful verses, where art is revealed through enigmas, drawing the viewer into a game of recollections and suggestions that come together in a harmonious denouement of forms and chromatic temperatures. 

calligraphic painting in brown and dark brown ink on white paper

"Happiness", 70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper, UniCredit collection

rounded calligraphic letters in dark brown on white paper

"Infinito", 70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper, UniCredit Collection

calligraphic paitings with red and pink letters

"Blazing in Gold",70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper, UniCredit Collection

calligraphic poem in black grey and light brown

"Borges's riddle",70x50 cm, Chen Li 2003, inks on paper

square calligraphic artwork with painted grey letters

"Flowing", 90x90 cm, Chen Li 2005, acrylic on canvas

red calligraphic artwork

"Untitled red", 100x150 cm, Chen Li 2005, acrylic on canvas, private collection

calligraphy and painting in black, red and grey

"The gift", 100x150 cm, Chen Li 2007, acrylic on canvas, private collection


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      Italy- via Principe Tommaso 26a - 10125 Torino - e-mail: chenli-at-chenli.it




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