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Lot 12
Richard Lin
(Lin Show-Yu, 1933-2011)
Two Square Series
27 May 2023, 16:00 HKT
Hong Kong, Admiralty

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Richard Lin (Lin Show-Yu, 1933-2011)

Two Square Series

signed, titled and dated 3 - MARCH - 1960 on the reverse
oil on canvas

167.6 x 152.4 cm (66 x 60 in)

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by The Estate of Richard Lin Show Yu.


Private Collection, UK
Private Collection, UK (by descent from the above)
Gifted from the above to the present owner

油彩 畫布

簽名:LIN SHOW YU,TWO SQUARE SERIES,3 - MARCH - 1960,66"x 60"(背面)



Richard Lin began his artistic career in the United Kingdom in the mid 20th century. The year 1958 was a pivotal moment for the artist. Lin exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, ICA and was discovered by Gimpel Fils Gallery. Gimpel Fils Gallery held Lin's first solo exhibition in 1959. The same year, Lin visited The New American Painting exhibition at Tate Britain. Deeply inspired by works of Post-war American Abstract Expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and Willem de Kooning, Lin has adopted a much more concise expression for his work since then.

Remembering Rothko's work, Lin said, "Rothko's paintings contain large blocks of colour, which seem to originate from somewhere far, far away, unceasing in their mellifluousness, and deeply vibrating, resounding, swaying in the heart forever".

Not only did Rothko influence Lin's approach to painting, but his works resonated with Lin on a spiritual level. Painted in 1960, Two Square Series is a landmark work from Lin's early oeuvre. Characterized by the combination of traditional Chinese ink wash painting techniques and geometric forms, various shades of ochre surrounded the precisely depicted dark squares at the bottom of the canvas. The contrast between light and dark is further accentuated through the colour and space created by the artist. The essence of Chinese landscape painting - spirit, rhythm, and resonance is vividly presented in Lin's work. The geometric form is crucial to Lin's visual representation, and its importance is evident from his early Two Square Series to his most widely acclaimed Painting Relief. The exactitude that Richard Lin commands in his use of geometric shapes and colours enables him to construct three-dimensional space on a flat canvas.



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