As a member of China Calligraphers Association and China Hard-pen Calligraphy Association, a member of Beijing Huaxia Diplomatic Academy of Calligraphy and Painting, president of Yuntian Painting and Calligraphy Institute, Chen Caifu is the hot spot focused by hundreds of foreign medias and vied to report. Thereupon, here comes a new height of China’s Calligraphy art that has caught world’s recognition.
Chen Caifu, also calls Yunshangren, born in 1964, Jinhua, Zhejiang province. He is a member of China Calligraphers Association and China Hard-pen Calligraphy Association, a member of Beijing Huaxia Diplomatic Academy of Calligraphy and Painting, president of Yuntian Painting and Calligraphy Institute. He’s also a member of Jinhua Youth Calligraphy Association. And now he’s been a doctoral supervisor at Oxford Art Academe and a council member of China Folk Painting and Calligraphy Academy, a branch of Oxford Art Academe. In 2017, he’s awarded national cultural pioneer of new era. Mr. Chen Caifu ardently has been loving calligraphy, painting and seal cutting since he was young, and has got splendid achievements.
Graduated from senior high school in 1981, Chen Caifu learned from a late calligrapher and painter Mr. Jin Pingao, imitated copybooks ofKiloword Script, calligraphy rubbings of Half Stele of Xingfu Temple, Shengjiao Preamble, The Duobao Pagoda, Qin Li Monument, Stele of Caoquan, Stele of Zhangqian, Stele of Shichen, Stele of Yiying, Ode to Shimen and the like. He’s especially good at running script and clerical script and creates lots of calligraphy works like “good luck in career”, ”the sea refuses no river”,” social commitment”, ”Shang Shan Ruo Shui”, ”Zhu Hai Guan Tao”, “heart sutra”, and “Qinyuanchun•Snow” ,etc. Mr. Chen Caifu’s natural and unrestrained writing gives you an enjoy of comfort as if floating on high o’er vales and hills like a cloud. And the characters are lively and form a beauty of symmetry. His work shows artistic beauty. Serving in the cultural bureau of Panan county in 1983, he integrated calligraphy into the creation of wood carving and inaugurated a unique technical method. His ink left in many local architecture and himself was praised by the masses.
“I’ve inherited much traditional calligraphic technique, and insisting calligraphic elegance and regularity will bring great success.”
— Famous Calligrapher Chen Caifu
Owing to the low barriers of calligraphers, there are many ugly works now. Bizarre calligraphy works is not creation, if it is, why the beautiful works are regular, delicate and elegant in the 5000-year history?
Mr. Chen Caifu exerts all his energies to study traditional calligraphic rubbings, so as to inherit Chinese calligraphy essence. So, he is the real calligraphy artist, and the proctor and creator of pure Chinese calligraphy.
Chen Caifu’s work
Look at the work “Hui Feng He Chang”, a real beautiful writing, you’ll find the inheritation of clerical script. Clerical script originated before Qin dynasty and matured in Han Dynasty(both in Donghan and Xihan). Traditional Han clerical script not only reappears in the work but goes up to its summit again. Chen’s work greatly shows the beauty of clerical script and is praised by people.
This work shows Chen’s achievements on studying calligraphy tablet engraved with clerical script and considering its artistic conception. He combines the regularity of Stele of Zhangqian, the clemency of Ode to Shimen and the abundance of Stele of Yiying. These wonderful words, throughout the soul, brush and ink, present the grandeur and grace of clerical script in Han dynasty from the structure to handwriting.
Longly studying calligraphic rubbings, Mr. Chen Caifu attains his achievements. In his opinions, inheritation is the most important spot in calligraphy art, and the words’ regularity should get more practice, which is fully showed in his another clerical script work of “learning enlarges knowledge, ambition urges success”. This work uses art skills of Han clerical script and masterly combines the method of engraving steles in Wei dynasty. Both the form and the artistic conception have achieved interflow of the calligraphy and the words. A kind of wisdom is formed and directly hits your heart.
Chen Caifu’s work
Referring to the steles, Chen Caifu’s clerical script is regular and correct. Besides, his running script is also correct, beautiful and full of artist conception. Look at the calligraphy work “spring coming with wind and rain”. It obviously takes the form of the freehand brushwork learned from Wang Xizhi and Wang Xianzhi, which is extremely free and lively like an eagle flying up to cloud, a tiger running in ravine stream, and gives you a big eye-feast. Free calligraphy matured in the time of Wang Xizhi and became superb in the era of Wang Xianzhi. So, people say Wang Xizhi’s calligraphy is free but Wang Xianzhi’s is much freer.
Chen Caifu’s work
So, we can find Chen Caifu praises highly of Wangs’ semi-cursive and cursive script calligraphy. He combines art skills of both kind of freedom mentioned above, so that his works not only embody the epitome of Jin Dynasty, but is of high quality like mellow wine. “Qinyuan chun•Snow’ is a perfect example.
Learning from Wang, but creating by himself, Chen Caifu inherits traditional calligraphy and insists his innovation.
Chen Caifu’s work
The cursive script work “sky is the limit”, free and elegant, shows a kind of happiness which you can find in Wang Xizhi’s work Lanting Preface. Comparing to Lantign Preface, Chen’s is used to slowly write the last step. Take the Chinese character “天” for example， Chen does not finish word quickly, but writes the last step “乀” (we called “na” in Chinese) slowly and presses the brush near the end, which shows his thought of a stroke of the brush sets the scene and all freedom coming from regularity. The last stroke is free but also is regular and elegant. Combing freedom with regularity, it is Chen Caifu, that not only insists traditional inheritation but also pursues creation.
Traditional calligraphic technique needs inheriting, and success is achieved by constant practice on calligraphic elegance and regularity. Calligraphers Chen Caifu is similar to Qigong who once said “Don’t call me calligraphers, I am just a writer who just write correctly and elegantly.” Qigong’s words, seems casual, but expresses a real fact: a real master writes correctly and elegantly. Chen Caifu is none other than a real master who writes with a devout heart.
Famous painting and calligraphy critics Tian Jixue 2017.2