Paintings released in memory of an industrious man in ink realm


Xieyi paintings of Xue Zhiyun on show at the People’s Fine Arts Publishing House where a catalog of him is released. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The xieyi (“drawing the spirit”) style of Chinese painting transcends mere brushwork, employing loose strokes to evoke a simple, abstract ambiance. It aims to convey a sense of freedom and expressiveness.

Throughout history, esteemed artists such as Xu Wei from the 16th century and modern virtuoso Qi Baishi have adeptly embraced the xieyi style, propelling the Chinese ink tradition into new artistic frontiers.