Neither Increasing nor Decreasing – Kang Qing

Thangka 唐卡

Kang Qing 康青

Artist Biography

Kang Qing gained her BFA from the China Academy of Fine Arts. She taught in Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in 1989 and was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2001. She is currently Associate Professor of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University and Director of Shanghai Artists Association.

Exhibitions include:
2020: “Inclusive Break” German & Chinese Women Artists Invitation, Liu-haisu Art Museum, Shanghai
2019: 10th Shanghai Art Grand Prix, Shanghai Art Museum
2019: Ceramic with Colours, Kobe County Museum Japan
2017: Solo exhibition: “In & Outside”, Liu-haisu Art Museum, Shanghai
2016: ” Curve” Three major museums in Bristol and Stoke-on-Trent, UK

1989年 毕业于浙江美术学院(中国美院),曾任教景德镇陶瓷学院,2001年短期任教于哈佛大学,现为上海美术学院副教授,上海陶艺家协会理事。

2020: “间有小憩-不同世界的时间表达”中德女性艺术家邀请展 刘海粟美术馆
2019: 第十届上海美术大展 中华艺术宫
2019: “水与墨之匠”中日陶艺展, 获神户教育委员会赏。 兵库县立美术馆,日本
2017: 个展:“标-本” 刘海粟美术馆
2016: “锋-锐”中国当代手工艺展 英国布列斯托,斯托克三大博物馆

Artist Statement

Padmasambhava is a collection of Buddhas of ten directions and three generations. There are eight kinds of body changes, also known as the eight phases of the lotus master. It can give all sentient beings the liberation of entering and leaving the world law. Padmasambhava holds “Gabala” in his left hand and “five cobalt sceptre” in his right hand.

The significance of the “skull Gabala” holding manna is the essence of the mystery of Dharma and the true meaning of the pure and uncontaminated nature. “Five cobalt sceptre” shows that lotus master can turn five poisons into five wisdoms. His hand gestures magically bridge the inner soul and the world. I made 108 cave shape ceramics as Padmasambhava is everywhere, and I painted each cave with an over-glazed symbolic hand, not for conquering demons, but praying to reinforce energy and wisdom to this fragile world.


Selected Buddhist Object from Chiddingstone Castle

01.2942 Thangka

Thangka (temple wall hanging), painted cotton with a silk brocade mount.Padmasambhava, one of the first teachers of Buddhism in Tibet, holding a staff, seated on a lotus throne, and surrounded by other deities. Tibet, 18th century.

Length: 125cm, Width: 70cm

Denys owned several thangkas which were folded into picture frames and displayed along a wall in the Castle. Thangkas are painted cotton and silk brocade hangings, which usually depict a Buddhist deity or important teacher. A new mount for the Castle’s thangka collection was created last year for the Buddhist Room. The new thangka mount reflects their original context as sacred paintings hung in a temple. Thangkas were also designed to be easily rolled up and transported, so that they could be used for teaching. This thangka depicts one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist teachers, Padmasambhava. He is considered to be one of the key teachers responsible for bringing Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century.

“Hands as Avalokiteshvara” porcelain installation


Dimensions: each 18x12x7cm