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January 7, 2009 > Celestial horses exhibition

Celestial horses exhibition

Unbridled imagination, energy and beauty at its best

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Amy Inn

His paint brush wields spontaneous, swift strokes on the paper and in the blink of an eye a galloping horse emerges out of the blank space. The energy and motion the painting exudes seems as though it was not painted but created. Artist Yeh Fei Pai is following in the footsteps of his father, the legendary General Yeh Tsui Pai who was the founder of the "splash-ink" style of horse paintings. He has galloped through China and the United States following successful exhibitions and signature grand-scale and dramatic live art performances in Oregon.

"When my horses soar through the clouds, walk through the paths, or stumble against strong winds, they are I as I am them. When people look at my paintings, I hope that they too will become one with the spirit of the horses," said Yeh Fei Pai. "I paint Celestial Horses as a tribute to their nobility, their auspicious power and as a tribute to Yeh family tradition. For two generations my family has expressed our love and compassion for mankind through the spirit of our Celestial Horses."

"Today's 3-D animations with their complex depths of view and lighting can easily be generated. In contrast, achieving the same result through minimal brush strokes is extremely difficult.," said Amy Inn, Fei Pai Yeh's business partner. Fei Pai Yeh has a diversified background in many art forms: painting, cinematography, television production, musical composition and performance and poetry. He has applied his cinematographic eye to instill the concepts of lighting, motion and dynamic angle and focus to this traditional Chinese art form.

"In the future, my paintings will not be limited to horses. I will continue to apply my training from cinematography, my passion for poetry, and the calligraphic strokes that I transformed, into my art. When all of the techniques subside, what you will see is that simple grace - the innocence of simplicity," said the artist. Several pieces of Fei Pai's paintings will be displayed at the grand opening of the Milpitas Library. All of those paintings will be displayed for 6 months from January 10 to July 11.

In his painting "The Five" Fei Pai incorporates the calligraphic strokes of Tsao Shu and Tien Fa to create his signature Celestial Horses. Interweaving these two distinct and extremely opposite styles, Fei Pai creates unique and unpredictable compositions for "Expressive Splash Ink Celestial Horses." His horses burst forth with a dynamic yet graceful flow of energy.

"As he gazed at the large piece of blank rice paper for the Milpitas exhibit, he felt his spirit resonating with his recently found thousands-of-years old Tien Fa tablet. An image of the five holy mountains in China came to his mind, where Chinese people believe the gods of the mountains protect the land. Seizing upon this good omen he started to paint. He then completed this painting, entitled 'The Five,' from beginning to end in a single breath," said Inn.

The harmony of the five stallions springing out in various directions is astounding. The stallions symbolize five reciprocal clustered forces filling the power of the universe, positive, stimulating and synergistic.

Fei Pai will not be able to attend the grand opening of the Library. Inn will be there at the grand opening to give tours and answer questions. Before Fei Pai immersed himself in the world of painting, he was a songwriter and composer with an emphasis and interest in the social movement. For more information about Yeh Fei Pai Celestial Horse Art Studio, contact (408) 472-0894, or visit

Splash Ink Celestial Horses
January 10 - July 11
Milpitas Public Library,
160 N. Main Street, Milpitas
(408) 262-1171

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