Collection: "The Ink Soul" 墨魂 by Yu Lanying 虞蘭因

Yu LanYing (Lavinia Yu) — Contemporary Ink Painter, a renowned Taiwanese artist, born in 1943,  lives and works in California, United States.

She is a leading female figure in Chinese contemporary ink painting. She employs the use of Chinese ink and mixed media on rice paper to create entirely original work. Her paintings reflect the accomplishments of a seasoned master indebted to the riches of traditional Chinese painting and experimentation with western abstract expressionism. She inherited the former as a child, when she began working at the age of seven under the tutelage of Huang JunBi and Gao YiHong among other masters of Chinese painting in Taiwan. After thirty years of study and work in the United States, Yu internalized the latter. The result has been a body of work whose abstraction evolves with the continuum of her experiences of Chinese and American culture.

Yu has exhibited extensively in the United States, China and Taiwan. She is best known for her works that explore her love for the ocean. The underwater landscapes inspire Yu to extend her soul onto paper with a combination of ink, color and texture, allowing the viewer into the private space of her spiritual journey.

The New Ink Art Movement


Ink painting has a very long tradition in Asia. It was used in art and calligraphy, for over 2 millennia. However, in the 1980s, the artists reinvented traditional ink art by adopting influences and practices from the West. Chinese painters started to experiment with the media. That’s how the New Ink Art movement was born. New Ink Art combines contemporary painting with the ancient art of calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting.

In traditional ink painting, the brush is more important than the ink, since ink follows the brush to create a line. Contemporary Ink Artists, like Yu LanYing, separated the ink from the brush, thus introducing the abstract into Ink Art. Creative process includes pouring, splashing and rinsing large areas of ink or even using airbrush application to create figurative forms.

The New Ink Art movement has gained international recognition with both Christie’s and Sotheby’s organizing Contemporary Ink painting auctions in 2013 and 2014 with prices ranging from several hundred thousand to several million dollars.

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  • "The Ink Soul" 墨魂 #1709 by Yu Lanying 虞蘭因
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  • "The Deep" 深海墨道 #1707 by Yu Lanying 虞蘭因
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  • "The Ink Dao" 墨道 #1616 by Yu Lanying 虞蘭因
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  • "The Ink Soul" 墨魂 #1911 by Yu Lanying 虞蘭因
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  • "The Sinking Ink" 沉墨 #1604 by Yu Lanying 虞蘭因
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  • "The Diving Ink" 墨道沉潛 #1712 by Yu Lanying 虞蘭因
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  • "The Whisper of the Ocean" 海底墨语 #1406 by Yu Lanying 虞蘭因
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