Discipline: Visual Art

Qin Feng

Discipline: Visual Art
Region: Chelsea, MA
MacDowell fellowships: 2000

Qin Feng was born in Xinjiang Province in China. He currently resides in Chelsea, Massachusetts and Beinjing. He trained in Shandong Art Academy in Jinan. Feng’s upbringing in Xinjiang Province, where he became accustomed to seeing a multiplicity of written languages, Chinese, Uighur, Arabic, Russian, instilled in the artist a fascination with the written word.

Considered a leading ink painter, Feng represents China’s avant-garde movement. Invited by the German government to curate an exhibition in Germany in order to promote cultural exchange between the two countries, Qin moved to Berlin in the ’90s where he began to fuse Western modernism and the Chinese ink tradition in abstract compositions. Feng uses traditional calligraphic materials, but employs his brush with the unrestrained energy of the Abstract Expressionists. Inspired by his upbringing in Xinjiang, a multicultural intersection of the silk roads, Feng has incorporated Chinese, Uighur, Arabic, and Russian language into his work. In recent years, Feng has overlaid pieces of ancient Chinese furniture over ink paintings, reconfiguring them within his explosive abstract marks.


Studios

Firth

Qin Feng worked in the Firth studio.

Originally a working barn perched atop the namesake hill of Hillcrest Farm, this building was converted to serve the arts in 1956. A grand set of windows was installed to make the large interior suitable for visual artists, bringing in abundant natural light from the north. The addition of a screened porch and accessible entrance ramp…

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