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Examples of Process of Wenzi Hua Development
In this part, six subjects among the many Huang Yao painted were selected to demonstrate how the research resulting in notes and sketches were developed into paintings. These six were some of his favorite subjects where he had repeatedly returned to paint in different styles and sometimes on different types of paper. The first three subjects were specifically chosen because Huang Yao himself had written about how he created them in his muyuen suibi articles that were published in the local newspaper. Not all the paintings that Huang Yao had done on these six topics are included here, only a sample was selected to demonstrate the varieties of styles available. In general there appears to be a progression for the works to look like calligraphy of picture words in the early stages, but ended up later as paintings representing these words. Some subjects like "Fu, Lu, So" and the zen poems were more calligraphic while "San Yang Kai Tai" and "Long", the dragon were paintings even from the start. "Bai Niao Chao Feng" and "Wan Xiang Geng Xin" began with being calligraphic pieces, but because the subject matters were bird and elephant, they later became strictly paintings. As the research into the pictographs brought Huang Yao to examine the lifestyles of the primitive men, it was not surprising some of the paintings especially those for the dragon had some resemblance to those of the cave drawings.

Fu, Lu, Shou

Hui Neng Jie

San Yang Kai Tai

Bai Niao Chao Feng

Wan Xiang Geng Xin


(1) "Wenzi Xue [ etymology of Chinese characters ]" (in Chinese ) by Huang Yao
(2) "Tuhua Wenzi [ Pictorial Calligraphy ] " (in Chinese ) by Huang Yao
(3) "Wenzi Hua " (in Chinese ) by Huang Yao
(4) "Zaitan Wenzi Hua [ More Wenzi Hua ]" (in Chinese ) by Huang Yao
(5) From "Tuhua Wenzi" Pictorial Calligraphy" to Wenzi Hua "Calligraphic Painting"by Wang Nanming
(6) Transcending Limits: A Centenary Journey from Traditional Chinese Calligraphy to New Calligraphic Art by Dr Chew Kim Liong
(7) Modern Calligraphy--Bashu Parade:
'99 Chengdu Retrospective of Chinese Modern Calligraphy.