A Keeper of Traditional Chinese Art
On March 18, 2017, the State Ethnic Academy of Painting and Heilongjiang Artists Association happily jointly organized a unique dual exhibition, featuring Tao Calligraphy by world-renowned Chinese Calligraphy Master Dr. and Professor Sha Zhigang and “Lan (Orchid): A KEEPER OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE ART” by famous artist Jia Chang. The opening ceremony and the exhibition were held in the Cultural Palace of Nationalities.
Many well-respected government officials, as well as artists, were present in the grand opening ceremony, including Professor Liu Dajun, CPPCC National Committee member and Chairman of China Association of Yi-Jing (the Book of Changes); Professor Wang Lingxu, member of the standing committee of the CPPCC National Committee, Chief Cultural Executive of the Cultural Palace of Nationalities of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and Dean of the State Ethnic Academy of Painting; Mr. Zhang Jieting, CPPCC National Committee member and Vice Chairperson of the China Society for Promotion of the Guangcai Program (CSPGP); Mr. Lu Yushun, Executive Vice President of the China National Academy of Painting; Mr. Chen Shuxian, Chairman of China Green Foundation and former Vice Deputy Director of the State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China; Mr. Xu Xun, Vice President of the Chinese Institute of Prose and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Coal Mine Writers Association; Professor Liu Rendao, Beijing Normal University and Director of the Calligraphy and Paintings Committee of China Academy of Cultural Relics; Mr. Zhang Qingzhi，Director of China Artists Association and Dean of China Overseas Chinese Academy of Painting; Mr. Cao Dezhao, former Chairman of Tianjin Artists Association; and Chinese arts and crafts masters such as Mr. Feng Jie, Mr. Shu Lihong, Mr. Li Wenyue, and Mr. Li Zhenyu, Managing Vice Chairman of Heilongjiang Artists Association. Along with them, other leaders and special guests from home and abroad attended this grand opening ceremony.
沙志刚“道书法”、家昌“蘭 A KEEPER OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE ART”书画艺术双人展，共展出沙志刚作品近40幅，皆为沙志刚近期的精品之作。
In this dual exhibition, Dr. and Professor Sha Zhigang shared forty of his latest Tao Calligraphy writings with his beloved Chinese people in Beijing.
Dr. and Professor Sha was brought up and nurtured by the magnificent ancient Chinese art and culture. He has learned this unique Chinese Calligraphy form, Yi Bi Zi (Oneness writing), from Professor Li Qiu Yun, and has become her one and only Yi Bi Zi Lineage Holder. Dr. and Professor Sha has lived overseas and traveled globally over the last 25 years. He has dedicated his life to promote and carry forward Chinese art, culture, and heritage around the world. This has greatly elevated the influence of Chinese culture and heritage in the world. He is the creator of the very unique Tao Calligraphy. Through Tao Calligraphy, he has spread this ancient art and cultural treasure of Chinese Calligraphy in a revolutionary way. His love, passion, and respect to ancient Chinese culture has been the foundation of his success and flourishing as an overseas Chinese. He has widely expanded the path to spread Chinese culture.
Tao Fa Zi Ran (which means follow nature’s way), as well as Tian Ren He Yi (which means Heaven and human join as one), are the two essentials of Taoist wisdom and philosophy. Together with the Tao, The Way of ultimate health and longevity, these three ideals have been the greatest longing and dream for millions of Chinese to attain for thousands of years. Moreover, these two essentials also have been the tools for Chinese people to pray for luck, fortune, longevity, safety, happiness, and health. They are also the tools for xiu lian practice to purify and cultivate the heart and mind. Tao Calligraphy artfully brings these two together and maximizes their powerful impacts.
Tao Calligraphy is the unique style of Chinese calligraphy created by Dr. and Professor Sha. It is Oneness writing completed in one stroke. It is a unique calligraphy written within one breath and one qi. It is a sacred calligraphy with the breathtaking beauty of Hun Yun Yi Ti. Hun Yun is the Oneness field. Yi Ti is one whole unity. The form and shape of Tao Calligraphy are rounded，unobstructed, and flow freely. Tao Calligraphy reveals both roundedness and squareness. There are circles within the squares, and there are squares within the circles.
Tao Calligraphy emphasizes the resonance between strokes within one word as well as the harmony between words in one phrase. Every piece of Tao Calligraphy is an artistic representation of free-flowing and harmonious balance. Each stroke of Tao Calligraphy contains powerful natural life force. As a visual art form with such miraculous artistic beauty, Tao Calligraphy has been recognized as a collectible with priceless value by thousands of foreigners. Not only have they understood its precious collectible value, but many of them are also eager to learn how to write Tao Calligraphy.
Due to his exceptional contribution in spreading Chinese art and culture worldwide, as well as his extraordinary artistic attainment in Tao Calligraphy, the State Ethnic Academy of Painting was honored to appoint Dr. and Professor Sha to the positions of Shu Fa Jia (National Chinese Calligraphy Dr. and Professor), Yan Jiu Yuan (Honorable Researcher Professor), and National and Overseas Board of Advisors Consultant at the State Ethnic Academy of Painting.
Professor Wang Lingxu, member of the standing committee of the CPPCC National Committee, Chief Cultural Executive of the Cultural Palace of Nationalities of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and Dean of the State Ethnic Academy of Painting, believes that through Tao Calligraphy, Dr. and Professor Sha has spread the ancient art and cultural treasure of Chinese Calligraphy in a profound way. It has significantly magnified the powerful impacts of Chinese art and culture on the world. Chinese Calligraphy is an ancient art with more than two thousand years of history. But, Tao Calligraphy is unprecedented. As the creator of Tao Calligraphy, Dr. and Professor Sha is the pioneer artist in the 21st century for creating groundbreaking new Chinese artistic concepts.
Tao Calligraphy integrates the highest spirit of Taoism and the highest state of Tao, namely Tao Fa Zi Ran, which means follow nature’s way. It brings Tian Ren He Yi, which means Heaven and Human join as one. Not only is Tao Calligraphy loved and blessed by Heaven, it can also offer incredible blessings to humanity and Mother Earth. Tao Calligraphy is an art that follows nature’s way. Therefore, the power and profound beauty of Dr. and Professor Sha’s Tao Calligraphy is beyond indescribable. Each stroke is written in Heaven’s flow. Each stroke is formed through Heaven’s hand. Tao Calligraphy contains the highest wisdom and philosophy of Tao that exemplifies Tao’s power, which is that of the Source that creates all things ceaselessly. Dr. and Professor Sha’s Tao Calligraphy shows and emanates the Qi of Calligraphy and Tao. The Qi of Calligraphy and Tao is the Spirit of Creation. Therefore, Dr. and Professor Sha’s Tao Calligraphy contains the Spirit of Creation.
Tao Calligraphy is Oneness writing completed in one stroke. It is a unique calligraphy written within one breath and one qi. Tao Calligraphy is the embodiment of the highest truth of Tao Oneness, the Universal Laws and Principles of all things. The form and shape of Tao Calligraphy are rounded，unobstructed, and flow freely. Tao Calligraphy reveals both roundedness and squareness. There are circles within the squares, and there are squares within circles. The profound visible beauty and invisible power of Tao Calligraphy is the highest art. This is why Tao Calligraphy can remove and transform obstructions and blockages. Tao Calligraphy Qi flows freely through the rounded circles, which can transform obstructiveness. Rounded smoothness and no obstructions are extreme high-level characteristics of both Tao and Chinese Calligraphy. These are not ordinary qualities of calligraphy.
Meanwhile, through his tireless efforts to spread Tao Calligraphy around the world, hundreds and thousands of foreigners not only have begun to learn more about Chinese people and Chinese culture, but they have also started to recognize the power and beauty of ancient Chinese art and culture. This is an exceptional contribution to bring Chinese culture to the center stage of the global world.
国家民族画院院委家昌涉足艺术门类广泛，早年负笈英伦，游历欧美，广闻博见，研磨技法，深受东西方文化双重影响，后醉心于中国传统艺术，痴迷并致力于将 东西方文化完美融合，以中国文化基因，融入国际语汇，展示传播中华艺术，为中国艺术的国际化贡献一份力量。其作品受到评论界广泛赞誉，并得到社会民众的喜 爱。
As one of the major committee members of the State Ethnic Academy of Painting, Jia Chang has explored and mastered a wide range of artistic media. He studied abroad in the United Kingdom when he was young, and has since travelled around Europe, America, and more.
Through his extensive study and travel experiences, he has gained and cultivated a broad range of knowledge and artistic skills. His art is deeply influenced by both eastern and western art and culture. Later, he developed a passion for traditional Chinese art and has devoted himself to explore ways to fuse eastern and western art and cultures together perfectly. Through bringing the international vocabulary into the genes of Chinese culture, he has made a significant contribution to the internationalization of traditional Chinese art. His works have been widely acclaimed by critics and loved by society worldwide.
沙志刚“道书法”、家昌“蘭 A KEEPER OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE ART” 书画艺术双人展的成功举办，为弘扬中华传统文化，推动中国文化走向世界作出了积极贡献。
The success of this dual exhibition featuring Tao Calligraphy by world-renowned Shu Fa Jia Chinese Calligraphy Master Dr. and Professor Sha Zhigang and “Lan (Orchid): A KEEPER OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE ART” by famous artist Jia Chang is another step forward to spread ancient Chinese art and culture. It is a positive contribution to spread Chinese culture to the wider world stage.