Jose Abad  
  Born in Spain. Works and lives in London.  
  The artist's portrait  
  These works explore the relation between calligraphy and drawing in two ways: firstly, many Chinese characters themselves have their roots in pictograms and are the representation of a thing or an idea; secondly, Chinese calligraphy is one way of representing the body which is given voice and movement by a spontaneous energy called in Chinese 'qi'. This energy is produced at the time of performance, writing or drawing. In this way Chinese calligraphy is a drawing of the artist and their physical action translated into characters or abstract elements