Bai Ming: Artistic Versatility, Material Excellence

An established and internationally acclaimed ceramic artist and oil painter, Bai Ming combines traditional Chinese styles of art and contemporary thought to create both 2 and 3 dimensional works of art that abstract and express his involvement in the rebirth of Chinese tradition. Named “The Symbol of Diversification of Chinese Contemporary Art” Bai Ming is a lecturer at the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University and teaches ceramic decoration courses as well as modern ceramic craft and prefers to let theory and practice work together to inform both his own work and his educational model in his classes. This pragmatic view of traditional and contemporary thought and artistry populates itself in his paintings and ceramic art. Evidenced in this vase from 2011 titled “Song of the Wind in the Reeds”, the gestural body with its gentle undulations of form and line becomes the perfect surface for Ming’s loose and painterly style of decoration in cobalt referencing the designs of Imperial China. The heavily decorated exterior contrasts sharply with the pure white of the interior of this open form and is as clean as swept snow, though not devoid of meaning.

Song of the Wind in the Reeds