For centuries, the Chinese intricate style of art and craftsmanship had been passed on from generation to generation through apprenticeship. Nevertheless, since the turn of the last century, Chinese traditional art has gradually lost its adept legacy due to numerous wars, destructive revolutions, and the impact of the Western lifestyle.
Traditionally the Chinese literati played an important role in art direction. They were there to make sure that any object or art piece being made had to be in tune with the core value of Confucius, Taoist, or Buddhist aesthetics, both stylistically and spiritually speaking. Under the authoritative Imperial examination system in ancient China, scholars could attain top social status and became the entourage of the emperors, and therefore, the government officials/ literati's preferences and tastes could determine different dynasties’ aesthetic inclination toward arts and their spiritual value in arts and culture.
The founder of the Literati Art Space wishes to create a platform for artists from Greater China to exhibit their works, and through the art space's 'tea space' to actively
promote a 'literati mindset' dialogues with other fellow artists and contemporary literati. Special focus is placed on artists who employ wood sculpting, lacquerware making, cloisonné enameling, and goldsmithing for their artistic expression of choice.