Between 1995 and 1999, I made several trips through parts of China. I lived in Beijing for four months. In 1996, I spent several months in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou in the region known as Jiangnan (“south of the river”) , a part of China long associated with the history of Chinese painting and calligraphy. I made drawings as I went and visited places where artists I admire had lived. In 1999 I went by train from Beijing to Gansu province and Xinjiang in the far west, to see the Buddhist wall paintings at Dunhuang and other places in Chinese Central Asia.
January 27th, 2010 |