Artworks by Tian Xutong

Waiting Alone no.4 by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Waiting Alone no.2 by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Waiting Alone no.3 by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Starry Sky by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on paper

The Lotus by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

The vast of heaven by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on paper

Snow Mountain by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Play on the slide by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on paper

Misty Sky by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Miss you by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

In the jungle by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on paper

Water drop by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

In the jungle no.2 by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Green Lake by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Colorful day by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Chinese Civilization by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Bosom Friend no.2 by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Bosom Friend no.3 by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Art life by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Bosom Friend no.4 by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Boating by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

A gust of wind by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Waiting Alone by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

The Universe by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

The Calm Lake by Tian Xutong

136 x 34cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

The Backyard Garden by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Stormy Weather by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Sober up by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Snowing winter by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Row on a lake by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Same dream by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Rainbow by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Outside world by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

One World by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

New Year by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

My Hometown by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Mountain & River by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Look for myself by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on paper

In Winter by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

In Universe by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Bloom season by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Freedom no.2 by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Green river by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Flying in the sky by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Green day by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Flood tide by Tian Xutong

136 x 34cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Finding a vision by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Dancing Life by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Cross the dream bridge by Tian Xutong

37 x 37cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Calm mind by Tian Xutong

136 x 34cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Brilliant Life by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Autumn is coming by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Approaching the realm of freedom by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Alternate Universe by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

All roads lead to Rome by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor on Paper

Friend from afar by Tian Xutong

68 x 68cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

A Different World by Tian Xutong

50 x 50cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Happy Fishpond by Tian Xutong

136 x 34cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper
Year: 2012

It’s not lonely at the top by Tian Xutong

136 x 34cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper
Year: 2017

Bright Moon by Tian Xutong

136 x 34cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper
Year: 2015

Round Sky Square Earth by Tian Xutong

68 x 68 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

All Things on Earth by Tian Xutong

68 x 136 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Peaceful Mind Brings Harmony by Tian Xutong

90 x 95 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Midday Afternoon by Tian Xutong

80 x 80 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Peaceful Heart by Tian Xutong

136 x 34 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Lotus & Breeze by Tian Xutong

136 x 34 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Amazement by Tian Xutong

136 x 34 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Freedom by Tian Xutong

68 x 68 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Boat by Tian Xutong

68 x 136 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Rain & Smoke by Tian Xutong

97 x 176 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Revolving Heart by Tian Xutong

68 x 68 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Quiet Heart by Tian Xutong

136 x 64 cm
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Tian Xutong

田旭桐

A perspicacious Chinese ink painter whose life and art are one and the same with the philosophy he depicts, Tian Xu Tong’s name has become synonymous with Zen for his distinctive black-and-white ink-paintings of sagacious monks meditating on boats on water or on mountain tops insinuated by nuances of lines painted in plain, abstracted space. Pure, natural, elementary and calm, Tian’s composed seriocomic allegories take the imagination through boundless space with a leisurely and carefree lightness.

Incorporating and expressing both the clarity and power of focus, and infusing his works with the clever delight and simplicity of Zen philosophy on rice paper through ingenious brushwork and dexterity of conceptualization, Tian’s deceptively simple works embrace paradox on several levels and dimensions. Often appearing straightforward and outwardly amusing, one finds great strength and intensity of mind and thought in his spatial projections upon deeper and often recurring reflection. Since the late 1990s, Tian Xu Tong’s one-of-a-kind blend of abstract sage, serenity and drollness have brought a world of audiences not merely aesthetic satisfaction, but on a great level, peace and a sense of spiritual fulfillment.

Born in Beijing in 1962, Tian Xu Tong graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts & Craft in 1985 with a major in ink painting. A congenial, spirited and highly creative artist by profession, he is also an art professor in Tsinghua University (Beijing), with 40 over publications – ranging from guides on sketching techniques and innovative design to Chinese decorative art and books on Tian’s ink painting collections – to his name.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2012
Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2011
Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2010
Fine Art Asia 2010, Hong Kong
2008
ArtBeijing 2008, Beijing
2006
ARTSingapore 2006
2004
ARTSingapore 2004
2002
New York Art Expo
2000
China Art Expo, Beijing
1999
China Art Expo, Beijing
1995
The 4th Asian Art Exhibition, Beijing
1991
Exhibition of Contemporary Installation Art, Singapore
1990
Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Hong Kong
Solo Exhibitions:
2012
Zen, a solo exhibition organized by HaKaren Art Gallery, Singapore
2009
Silence and Harmony, a solo exhibition, Beijing
2007
Starkness & Trueness – Modern Works of Tian Xu Tong, two solo exhibitions in China National Museum of Fine Arts and Singapore co-organised by HaKaren Art Gallery and Beijing’s Qinghua University, School of Arts.
2004
The Door to Inner Peace, a solo exhibition organized by HaKaren Art Gallery, Singapore
2001
Zen, a Solo exhibition organized by HaKaren Art Gallery, Singapore
Group Exhibitions
2008
Group exhibition, Beijing
2005
Group exhibition, Singapore
Accolades:
1998
Featured in an exclusive interview-documentary (Beijing CCTV)
1993
Invited to furnish mural designs for a Taiwanese charity foundation
1988
Award of Excellence, Central Academy of Craft and Design’s Exhibition of Outstanding Works