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Qiu Deshu is a Contemporary painter from China. Qiu Deshu was born in Shanghai, China in the year 1948.

Deshu was sent to work in a plastics factory during the Proletarian Cultural Revolution that took place in China in the 1970’s.

The artist sometimes creates his art using Xuan paper and acrylic paint on canvas. Deshu also uses will use rice paper on occasion. He calls the process “fissuring.”

Deshu’s process of creating his art includes tearing, rubbing, and carving techniques with the traditional Xuan paper which he then attaches to the canvas.

The artist helped to find the Grass Painting Society. This group was made up of Contemporary Artists who favored experimental art vs. traditional art.

I love the mixture of textures that the Xuan paper gives when used on top the canvas. These works remind me of the American Crazy Quilts that were popular in the 1880’s.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist beginning at the 1:42 mark in the clip. He talks about a series he did featuring cracks. The artist states he was fascinating by the fact that there is no such thing as a static cracks. Cracks are always growing.”:

Qiu Deshu is a great example of Contemporary art as he uses traditional materials such as the Xuan paper and ink, but in a very different manner that most artists show us. No landscapes or calligraphy characters, just wonderful shapes and fluid movement.