August 23, 2019 9

Man Does Chinese Calligraphy With a Giant Brush

Man Does Chinese Calligraphy With a Giant Brush


Daniel Lau has chosen an unconventional canvas for a classical art. By writing on a rocky surface, the calligrapher imprints the rocks’ wrinkles into his strokes, and he is letting his ink drip, splatter, and spill. Calligraphy has always been an essential part of classical Chinese art. Calligraphers like Wang Xizhi and Yan Zhenqing, considered some of the best in history, are household names in China. It’s long been regarded as a vital part of a person’s upbringing. And up until the internet age, it was common for people to be judged by their handwriting. Nowadays, with the prevalence of email and text, a handwritten letter carries extra value in Chinese society because it shows the writer’s sincerity. And with calligraphy mostly stripped of its practicality, all that remains is art. Most of the time, calligraphy is practiced indoors. But in major Chinese cities, it’s not uncommon to spot older people using long brushes of water to leave poems on the ground. What makes Lau’s work different is how natural elements like the texture of the sand and the contour of the rocks play a direct role in shaping his work. These lend an element of improvisation and surprise in his art. We asked Lau how non-Chinese speakers could appreciate calligraphy. Hi everyone, thank you for watching. We have more videos about art in China, so make sure to check them out, and don’t forget to subscribe to Goldthread.

9 Replies to “Man Does Chinese Calligraphy With a Giant Brush”

  • Glory Jammula says:

    So amazing to see such a beautiful art ☺

  • CinnamonHeart25 says:

    The brushstrokes are so abstract and breathtaking this amazes me??

  • Vietnamese Calligraphy says:

    Very beautiful

  • Goldthread says:

    Daniel says when he was growing up, Chinese kids would make fun of bad handwriting. How important is handwriting in your culture? Do people still make fun of bad penmanship?

  • worldchallenger1 says:

    Wow where do you find people like him? Well done! Amazing thought By Daniel

  • Chak Kwong LAU says:

    Excellent video production! ??? Thank you so much for Goldthread's video introducing my personal approach to rejuvenating Chinese calligraphy in Hong Kong. Daniel CK Lau

  • DéLay LéMor says:

    that’s graffiti on the shore

  • Bob Pancake says:

    Why is this dumb fuck putting chemicals on the rocks he can paint his ass if he wants

  • Beverley Hohn Chang says:

    BUT WHY DUDE
    YOU HAVE WAY TOO MUCH WASTED TIME ON HAND
    COME AND PAINT MY BEDROOM
    AND STUDY ROOMS
    CALLIGRAPHY STYLEE
    THEN YOU MAKE ME SUSHI PANCAKES
    DUDE FIND SOMETHING MORE EDIFYING TO DO WITH YOUR WASTED TIME AND LIFE
    GO HELP POOR RURAL VILLAGES IN CHINA

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