Glamour of the Jao’s Lotus 蓮蓮吉慶
Touring Exhibition Catalogue of Lotus-theme Artworks by Professor Jao Tsung-i 饒宗頤教授荷花書畫巡迴展圖錄
ISBN : 978-988-77020-2-3
Distributed for HKU Jao Tsung-I Petite École 香港大學饒宗頤學術館
112 pages, 9″ x 11.75″, color illus.
In the recent decade, “lotus” has been Professor Jao Tsung-i’s major painting subject; meanwhile, he has also developed new techniques and methods for this type of painting. Therefore, lotus painting is also a symbol of his unceasing exploration of art. Professor Jao indicates that there is a reason why he loves to do lotus painting. His father named him “Tsung-i”, literally meaning “modeling yourself after Zhou Dunyi”, because his father hoped that he could learn after Zhou. Zhou was a master of the Neo-Confucianism in the Song dynasty who loved lotus, and his Ode to Lotus has been the most important essay praising lotus since then. Nonetheless, according to Professor Jao, Bada Shanren’s “Flowers on the River” is the major agent to induce him of his unique Jao’s Lotus.
There was unanimity among the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of The University of Hong Kong, the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole Fan Club, and the Jao Studies Foundation that “lotus” is the theme of a touring exhibition in China this year. Therefore, Glamour of the Jao’s Lotus: Touring Exhibition Catalogue of Lotus-theme Artworks by Professor Jao Tsung-i demonstrates the lotus artworks of Professor Jao, which reveals his idea of “amalgamation of scholarship and art” and his everlasting creativity.