Sketching has a very important place in Mao Guanshuai’s practice. His notebook for Moleskine shows us a slice of the artist’s creative process in his formal research on shapes. The cover is covered with sawdust from his studio, highlighting the contrast between the reality of manual artistic creation and the perceived glamour of the art world.
For more than a decade, Meng Yangyang has been painting faces and figures. Devoid of any mannerist effects, her paintings are striking in how simple and direct they are, almost ascetic. For Moleskine, Meng Yangyang has made a notebook of her watercolors, creating a rhythmic story where abstract moments are in dialogue with her depictions of the human body.
Nelson Leung Wai
A prominent figure in the local design scene, he studied graphic design, visual art, and photography in Hong Kong. Through his job in photography, he has documented a number of high-profile events, including the Olympic Games. In his creation for Moleskine, he expresses his passion for photography.
Chinese fashion designer Shuting Qiu presents a modern romantic female image: confident and with the courage to express herself, while maintaining a soft and romantic heart. The notebook she has created for the exhibition is inspired by her childhood memories of sketching in nature in her hometown, Hangzhou.
Tango, Gao Youjun
Shanghai-born artist, illustrator and author Tango gained global popularity for his quirky cartoons, which poke fun at the everyday routines and oddities of modern life. Today, Tango is one of China’s most popular illustrators as well as a renowned advertising creative director.
Ren Tianjin is interested in cross-border innovation, digging out power from traditional ink and wash, and borrowing from modern Western art forms to transform traditional art using a contemporary visual language. Many of his works are created on canvas with an oil paint knife and acrylic. In his work, the image is like a shadow of a tree, showing traces of time and change. Another example is the superimposition of Plato's so-called "shadow world" and the world of truth with the interweaving of the unconscious and subconscious in Freudian psychoanalysis. The result is a brand-new artistic language and aesthetic orientation.