Ink Music by David Attali
Fan Yan was born in Beijing into an artistic and musical family. From a young age, she was drawn to painting as means of expression even though her first career was that of a classically trained violinist and viola player. It was this musical career that brought her to Hong Kong to study at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and later to play with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and various chamber music groups. After a successful musical career spanning 20 years, Fan Yan came to realise that she had to pursue her first love, that of painting. Studied with rewarded master TianXin-Lin and Chan Shing Kau, she later she has developed her won visual language in ink painting.
Making music from her paintings, Fan Yan folds and dyes the rice papers to create repetition and variation of patterns, and the interactions between paper and paints also show a spectrum of shadings. From the colourful pitches shown in the Music Series, the rhythmic dots of Music Scores, to the melodic patterns of Polyphonies, the painter transforms music components into paintings that reveal inner orders of harmony and discord, and invite imaginations of the multi-vocal world.
范欣以宣紙的摺疊與浸染構成對重覆又多變的圖案，並藉由紙張與顏料互動所產生濃淡潤枯，呈現富音樂感的畫作。從《Music Series》的色彩音調、《Music Scores》的墨點節奏以至《Polyphonies》的圖案旋律，畫家將音樂種種元素演譯成視覺藝術的對比對照與對衡的秩序，從而想像世間萬象紛陳的聲音。