A little wine makes a powerful calligrapher
2018-06-28 15:11:00

Xu Yan appears thin and weak, but her calligraphy looks vigorous and powerful.

Born in Zhangjiagang city of Jiangsu province, Xu has been interested in calligraphy from an early age and often won praises from the teacher. Later, she learned with a local calligraphy master, thus starting a long-term fascination with this art of writing.

Through arduous efforts, she was admitted by the calligraphy and seal carving major of Nanjing University of the Arts, received the professional training until she got a master's degree.

In 1999, Xu, who was only in her 20s, participated in the 7th National Calligraphy and Seal Carving Exhibition, and won the highest award, a goal too difficult to reach for many people who have engaged in calligraphy in a lifetime. Talent is important, but hard work is the most crucial factor for success, said the humble woman.

For the relationship between art and technique, Xu said that calligraphy really needs techniques and calligraphers are skilled at mastering techniques. However, techniques alone are far from enough, and calligraphy needs something much deeper.

She said a person’s cultural cultivation, life experience, and attitude toward life are more important than techniques. A great calligraphy work is a comprehensive embodiment of the calligrapher’s ideas, spirit and cultural competence. A unique writing style can be formed only the calligrapher develops comprehensive abilities.

In order to form a personal style, Xu Yan not only pays attention to copy exemplary works but also develops her own understanding to finally explore her unique style of handwriting. In addition, the style of calligraphy is very much related to the personality. Being a direct and forthright person, Xu naturally choose free and bold handwriting styles.

Source:jschina.com.cn Editor:Amanda
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