Lin Guocheng (b.1979, Guangdong Province) is a Chinese artist known for his amazing ink landscapes drawn with pen. Lin attended Sichuan Fine Arts Institute between 2002 and 2003 after withdrawing from high school. He currently works and lives in Beijing and Kunming.

Lin's unique language embraces the artistic traditions of the East and the West, and challenges the integration and collision of those two systems. On one hand, the artist’s exquisite ink pen technique originates from his passion for European medieval and Renaissance art, especially Michelangelo's sketches and Albrecht Dürer's engravings. On the other hand, Lin has a profound understanding of Chinese philosophies and literati paintings with particular admiration for the works by Shi Tao, Chen Hongshou, and Dong Yuan. Fully absorbing the strengths of both systems, the artist explores the possibility of combining pen and Chinese ink in the contemporary dimensions. The fluidic Qi — the circulating life force — is always present in Lin’s work. Through the rich techniques of literati painting and its pursuit of the spirit, the repetitively dense pen strokes become vital, unpredictable, and full of room for imagination, giving the final works spontaneity, momentum, and interesting details as well.

Lin’s work has been featured in exhibitions at multiple galleries and art institutions including MacDonald Stewart Art Center, Canada; David Aaron Gallery, London; Chinese Cultural Center, Malta; Galerie Dumonteil Shanghai/New York; 3812 Gallery, Hong Kong; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Hubei Museum of Fine Art, Hubei; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, etc. His work has been collected by public and private collectors from North American, Europe and Asia, including organizations such as The Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.; MacDonald Stewart Art Center, Canada; M K Lau Collection, Hong Kong; Yiqingzhai Collection, Hong Kong; HSBC Art Collection; and MGM Chairman’s Collection, etc.


Solo Exhibitions:

“The Zen Garden”, Galerie Dumonteil, New York
“Indefinite Order”, 3812 Galley and B&B Italia, Hong Kong
“Shape of History”, Chinese Cultural Center, Malta
“Interbeing”, 3812 Gallery, Hong Kong
“Between Emptiness”, David Aaron Gallery, London
“Wisdom of Tree”, Andy Hei LTD., Hong Kong
The Sounds of Nature, 3812 Gallery, Hong Kong
Earthly Pleasures, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai

Group Exhibitions (Selection):

The Garden Transcending Time and Space, COFCO Plaza, Beijing
“Mind.Space 4”, 3812 Gallery, Hong Kong
“Mind.Space 3”, 3812 Gallery, Hong Kong
“SPACE MATTER”, 3812 Gallery, Hong Kong
“Ink Line”, Nanjing International Art Exhibition, Nanjing, China
“Mind.Space 2”, 3812 Gallery, Hong Kong
“Climate”, Hubei Museum of Fine Art, Wuhan, China
“Earthly Taste”, Soka Art Center, Beijing
“New Ink, An Exhibition of Ink Art by Post 1970 Artists” from the Yiqingzhai Collection, Sothebyís Hong Kong Gallery, Hong Kong
“La Lumière”, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“Mind.Space 2”, 3812 Gallery, Hong Kong
“Sit, Watch the Clouds Rise - Joint Exhibition For Sino-Franco Artists”, The Upper House, 3812 Gallery, Contemporary Art Project, Hong Kong
“Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - The Tactile Sensation 3”, Dongdaming Warehouse, Shanghai
“Emerging Chinese Artists: Round Two”, MK2, Beijing
“Vipassana”, SZ Art Center, Beijing
Animamix Biennale”, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong | Today Art Museum, Beijing
“Reflection”, Saatchi Gallery, Suzhou, China
“Mixing and Sharing”, Inter Art Center & Gallery, Beijing
HongShi Foundation Collection Exhibition, Red Town, Shanghai
“Dreams and Reality”, Moon River Museum, Beijing
“Young China”, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai
“New Interface ó Spring is Here”, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai
“100 Tales in Animamix”, Linda Gallery, Beijing
“New Interface ó Search For the Future”, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai
“The Tactile Sensation”, Shanghai Binjiang Creative Industry Park, Shanghai
“Unlimited View”, KU Art Center, Beijing
“New Interface ó The UP Generation Debut”, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai
“Contemporary Painting from Chongqing”, MacDonald Stewart Art Center, Canada
“Chongqing Pepper”, Fine Art Museum of Qingdao, Qingdao, China
“Encountering Reality”, Chongqing Art Gallery, Chongqing, China
Chinese Art Prize, Funded by Cathay Dragon, Art Scene Gallery, Shanghai
“Roving Glance”, WuSe Art Workshop, Shanghai

Art Fair:

“Indefinite Order - solo show”, West Bund Art & Design, TALENT Gallery, Shanghai
Ink Asia 2017, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Guardian Fine Art Asia, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing
Ink Asia 2016, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Ink Asia 2015, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Guardian Fine Art Asia, China National Convention Center, Beijing
“True Nature”, Masterpiece, London
“True Nature”, Masterpiece, Contemporary Art Project, 3812 Gallery, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
“A Fleeting White Colt Through a Crevice - solo show”, Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
“Everything About Trees - solo show”, SZ Art Center, CIGE Project, Beijing


2019.05.25 – 2019.08.30
Shanghai, China
2018.11.28 – 2019.01.28
New York, USA