China News Network Chengdu, September 9 Topic: Collector Fu Xiaoxiao: Artistic creation gives ancient porcelain pieces a "new life"

Written by Shan Peng

Recently, the "Sichuan Tongda Group Art Museum" in Chengdu, Sichuan Province ushered in a special exhibition: there are Van Gogh's "Ducktail Flower", there is Zhang Daqian's Huangshan, and even a classic photo of Audrey Hepburn... But unlike the "originals", these exhibits are all collages of ancient porcelain pieces. This "Song Yuan Ancient Porcelain Pieces Art Exhibition" brought by Fu Xiaoxiao, a collector of ancient porcelain pieces, brought unique artistic enjoyment to the audience.

The picture shows Fu Xiaoxiao's "Song Yuan Ancient Porcelain Pieces Art Exhibition". Photo by Shan Peng

"Share the results of many years of collection, show the glorious history, inherit the brilliant Chinese culture, and play a role in shaping people." Talking about the original intention of the exhibition, Fu Xiaoxiao said that Song porcelain is also like Song Ci, calm and elegant, simple and timeless, promoting Song porcelain culture, is advocating a simple, healthy and environmentally friendly life.

Collecting porcelain is common, but collecting antique porcelain pieces is relatively rare. Fu Xiaoxiao, who has been associated with ancient porcelain pieces for more than 30 years, believes that each ancient porcelain piece is worth carefully tasting and cherishing, they have experienced thousands of years of baptism and time precipitation, carrying the thick history and cultural heritage, and have both artistry and vicissitudes.

The picture shows the ancient porcelain pieces collected by Fu Xiaoxiao. Photo by Shan Peng

Fu Xiaoxiao was originally a Beijing educated youth. In the early 20s of the 90th century, Fu Xiaoxiao gave up his life in a big city and returned to the rural area of Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia, when he went to the countryside to join the queue. By chance, Fu Xiaoxiao found porcelain fragments scattered on ancient ruins in the countryside. He carefully collected these fragments and verified them from various sources, and finally identified the pieces as ancient porcelain pieces produced in the Ru kiln, Ding kiln, Jun kiln, Longquan kiln and Jingdezhen in Jiangxi during the Song and Yuan dynasties.

"The primary function of ancient porcelain tiles is to learn the function, and through ancient porcelain pieces, you can learn the knowledge of porcelain identification." Fu Xiaoxiao said that after discovering the ancient porcelain pieces, he took the initiative to verify the source of the porcelain pieces, not only read the history extensively, set out to investigate the ancient kiln site, but also visited famous masters in the antiques industry. Through more than 30 years of playing, studying and summarizing, he treasures the characteristics of ancient porcelain.

Antique porcelain tiles are a highlight of the exhibition. In the exhibition, the audience can even see the very rare "white ground black pick" porcelain pieces of the Cizhou kiln. As the highlight of this exhibition, porcelain painting is an artistic innovation that Fu Xiaoxiao has tried hard in the past ten years. According to the different colors and shapes of antique porcelain pieces, he recombined ancient porcelain pieces of different sizes to create vivid works. These works reproduce the majesty of the Great Wall, the spirit of the flying sky, the vastness of the grassland, the tranquility of the rainy alley, the change of seasons... In the porcelain paintings, these fragments of ancient porcelain have gained new life.

The picture shows Fu Xiaoxiao's "Song Yuan Ancient Porcelain Pieces Art Exhibition". Photo by Shan Peng

Fu Xiaoxiao's works are full of deep emotions, such as ancient villages, mothers waiting for wanderers, and strong nostalgia. Fu Xiaoxiao's first porcelain painting was titled "Father's Back". In 2014, Fu Xiaoxiao's father died in Beijing, and Fu Xiaoxiao was teaching in Nanjing at the time, teaching college students about the art appreciation and appraisal of Song and Yuan ancient porcelain. "When the news came, I was thinking about how to commemorate my father." Fu Xiaoxiao said that he posted "Father's Back" based on his father's appearance. In the picture, an old man wearing a blue coat and a red beret walked towards the mountains in the night with crutches, gradually blending in with the night.

Although the porcelain has become fragments, Fu Xiaoxiao firmly believes that these pieces still have high artistic value. Taking the color of porcelain tiles as an example, he explained that although thousands of years have passed, the color of mineral pigments on ancient porcelain tiles has not changed, and they have always retained the true color of distant times, thus retaining the beauty and connotation of porcelain. It is also the colors and patterns on the porcelain tiles that give Fu Xiaoxiao the space to recreate art.

In a work titled "Lotus Pond Tranquility", Fu Xiaoxiao uses large pieces of white porcelain porcelain from Dingyao as petals of lotus flowers, and small and broken pieces of Longquan kiln celadon porcelain as lotus leaves, spelling out a simple summer pond lotus scene. If you look closely, you can see the "tear marks" and "bamboo wire brush marks" on the white porcelain tiles. "When the ancients fired white porcelain, the fixed porcelain glaze was often in the shape of strips, like tears, so it was called 'tear marks'; 'bamboo silk brush marks' were left by ancient craftsmen who used bamboo silk brushes to repair the tire when it was semi-dry. These are the embodiments of the craftsmanship of that year. Fu Xiaoxiao said.

For porcelain painting, Fu Xiaoxiao devoted a lot of effort. In order to raise funds for his creation, he sold his only house in Beijing and rented a studio in the "Painters' Village" in Songzhuang Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing, and took college students from art academies to create porcelain paintings. "Ancient porcelain pieces are the carrier of Chinese culture and are sought after by collectors at home and abroad." Fu Xiaoxiao said that his biggest wish now is to use ancient porcelain chips to spell together a 22-meter-long and 1-meter-wide "A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains", "A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains is a representative of Chinese painting, and I hope to complete this work with ancient porcelain pieces to show the world China's great rivers and mountains." (End)