Calligraphy is a traditional Chinese art and one of the quintessences of Chinese culture. It demonstrates Chinese characters unique artistic glamour by means of composition, structure, and stroke. As a special art, calligraphy embodies both Chinese characters practical value and artistically appreciative value. Calligraphy stresses composition, structure, stroke and inking.
All styles of calligraphy, namely, zhuan, the seal character, li, the official or clerical script, kai, the regular script, xing, the running hand, and cao, the cursive hand, display their own distinctive appeal. Calligraphy has become a sophisticated art over several thousand years evolvement.
Calligraphy in History
Regarded as the most abstract and sublime form of art in Chinese culture, Shu Fa, calligraphy, is often thought to be most revealing of ones personality. During the imperial era, calligraphy was used as an important criterion for selection of executives to the Imperial court. Unlike other visual art techniques, all calligraphy strokes are permanent and incorrigible, demanding careful planning and confident execution. Such are the skills required for an administrator or executive. While one has to conform to the defined structure of words, the expression can be extremely creative. To exercise humanistic imagination and touch under the faceless laws and regulations is also a virtue well appreciated.