Qu Leilei

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Qu.

Qu Leilei (曲磊磊, born 1951)[1] is a modern Chinese calligrapher, painter and author[2] currently based in the UK.

Qu grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution and spent some time forced to work as a lumberjack after his parents were branded capitalists.[3] Later, he attended Beijing University and served as an art director at China Central Television.[3]

In 1979, as one of founding members of the avant-garde "Stars Group", together with Ma Desheng, Wang Keping, Huang Rui, Li Shuang, Zhong Acheng and Ai Weiwei,[4][5][6] Qu took part in the first exhibitions of contemporary art in China.[3]

After Qu left China, he relocated to London to practice his art, lecture and exhibit internationally.[4] The author of a number of books, including The Simple Art of Chinese Calligraphy, The Simple Art of Chinese Brush Painting and The Simple Art of Tai Chi, his paintings were exhibited at a solo display in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford in 2005,[4] the first time in the Ashmolean Chinese exhibits that a show was devoted singly to the work of a living artist.[5][6] Also in 2005, he was one of three finalists for the Arts Council England "Pearl Award for Creative Excellence".[6]


  1. ^ Yung Chang. (1996) Preface to A Visual Diary reproduced at redfern-gallery.com. Retrieved 19/03/08.
  2. ^ Amazon
  3. ^ a b c James, Nicholas P. (12/11/2007). Small Histories. United Kingdom: C.V./Visual Arts Research. ISBN 1-905571-51-8.  Check date values in: |date= (help), p. 60
  4. ^ a b c Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the UK. (June 16, 2005) The Music of Ink: Chinese arts ancient and modern, Special event on Chinese Culture in British Museum chinese-embassy.org.uk. Retrieved 19/03/08.
  5. ^ a b Asian Nouveau. (May 24, 2005) New work by Qu Lei Lei at the Ashmolean. asiannouveau.com. Retrieved 19/03/08.
  6. ^ a b c Arts Council England. (2005) 2005 finalists: Pearl Award for Creative Excellence pearlawards.org.uk Retrieved 19/03/08.

Further reading[edit]

  • Winchester, Rupert (Fall 2005). "Qu Lei Lei: Everyone's Life is an Epic". ArtAsiaPacific (46): 80. 17940479. 

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