Lot  633 Ravenel Spring Auction 2022 Taipei

Ravenel Spring Auction 2022 Taipei

Locust and Peony

Walasse TING (Chinese-American, 1929 - 2010)


Ink on paper, framed

181 x 91 cm


TWD 200,000-320,000

HKD 54,000-87,000

USD 7,000-11,100

CNY 45,000-71,000

Sold Price

TWD 660,000

HKD 176,471

USD 22,464

CNY 150,000


With one seal of the artist

Acquired directly from the artist


Despite having unrestrained boundaries of creation in the West, Walasse Ting stayed in the figurative depiction of classical Chinese art. This work shows the marriage of poetic depiction of Chinese art and Abstract expressionism in Western art. Derived from the style of Xu Wei, Tang Yin and Bada Shanren, peonies were depicted in its natural elegance with carefree strokes, showing his unique interpretation of modern art. The whole painting is lightly coloured to highlight the damp flower and leaves. Ink flows through the canvas depicting the scene after the rain. Spontaneity and dramatic depiction from Pop art was applied to the painting, differentiating itself from flat classical ink paintings. Flowers rose from the left, along with grass painted with dried ink, suggesting the fragility of wild plants. As the eye moves upwards, peonies sketched with ink spring to life. Using the variations of ink, space is enhanced in this work. Insects were delicately depicted dancing among the plants, highlighting Ting's sophisticated manipulation of the brush. Insects became a symbol of sexual pleasure and desire, making this work a romantic theme of flowers in ink. Not only does this work expands the boundaries of Chinese art, it leads to the creation of Ting's later works which are flooded in sexual pleasure.
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Ravenel Spring Auction 2022 Taipei

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 1:00pm