Mao YinFu is a master calligrapher and painter that draws inspiration from the lofty panoramic views from his home atop Yellow Mountain, in Huangshan, China. This sacred mountain has inspired poets, painters and musicians for centuries… and photographers too, once cameras were invented. Sheer magic occurs when mystical clouds engulf the mountains. As luck would have it, sunshine kept the clouds away during my visit, but the jagged peaks and surrounding landscapes were still stunning.
Chinese calligraphy is very much like painting. Chinese characters communicate the spiritual world of the artist. Each artist has a distinct style. Through the medium of ink, form, grasp, and presentation, calligraphy conveys the emotions, integrity, character, feelings and personal expression of the artist. Mao Yin Fu’s distinctive style is marked by firm, forceful brushstrokes with a simple but meticulous meaning to depict beauty in everyday life. Many of his paintings illustrate varying scenes of Yellow Mountain in the changing seasons, and many include that almost mystical, but elusive, sea of clouds.