Written by: Wen Jiamin
Last update date: 2020-09-28 08:00
The Royal Theater in North Point was granted a forced auction order. Ninety percent of the shops have been emptied, and all the beautiful old years have not been inherited; and the "Jinghua Signboard" at the crossroads of the Royal Center is also the same. Ouyang Chang, a writer who contracted to produce many Hong Kong signboards from the 1970s to the 1990s, was facing relocation at the end of the month and lamented that there was no successor.
The master revealed that a single character could sell for more than a thousand yuan, but in the era of hard pen and computer characters, the demand for handwritten scripts has greatly reduced. "If no one learns it, it will be lost again. Many important things used to be true characters. Writing is like the Great Wall that never falls, it means that the real characters stand on your head." Ouyang Chang, who has not been an apprentice, said frankly that as long as someone comes to him, he will teach him to write, as long as the other person is willing to learn.
Ouyang Chang loved calligraphy since he was a child. He found a lot of silver coins, divine master cards, and so on, and then carefully read the literature of Hundred Family Names, Sanzi Jing, etc., and worked hard to develop a unique "true body character".
(Photo by Wang Haitu)
Ouyang Chang claimed that "true type characters" first appeared in the Tang Dynasty, but after checking the data, the earliest record is indeed from Mr. Ouyang's handwriting, but it seems that it is not Ouyangxun, the four great calligraphers of the Tang Dynasty, but Ouyang in the capital of Beijiao. Chang, that is, the master himself.
He said frankly that the original calligraphy ranked first in the ancient calligraphy "True, Cao, Li, and Seal". It was used in the Tang Dynasty, but the true version was burned out by the British and French forces when the Yuanmingyuan was burned. The fonts were almost lost.
The master loves to study calligraphy since he was a child. His mother told him that many important things in ancient times were written in real books, so he found a lot of silver coins, gods' cards and other things, and then read the literature of the family name, the three-character scripture, etc. , Worked hard and studied it, and became his unique "true body character."
Take a closer look at the "Hong Kong" and "True" written by the master one by one:
The master has a unique obsession with fonts. He thinks that there are "Nine Causes of Songs" in handwriting. If you remember a sentence incorrectly, you will not write it well. Every time you say a formula, the master will be energetic. ......" The explanation is even more dancing and dancing. "There is a hook in the stroke, like the fourth weapon "halberd" in swords, guns and halberds. The head and tail of the horizontal stroke are also like wood heads and white bones. They are neither pointed nor flat. , With a little pause."
The master also pointed out that the writing style of portraits requires a "heavy hand" and a "broad-handed" domineering style, but each character has a "head of the family", and the strokes of the "master" must be particularly thick, long, and large. Compared with other strokes, it should be shorter, so that no matter how many strokes a character is, each stroke is clearly separated, so that people will not be "blind." The master emphasized that "the true characters will not be loose, will not be divided, There will be no slumping heads, no heads and tails."
Writer Ouyang Chang contracted and produced many Hong Kong signboards from the 1970s to the 1990s with the authentic Chinese characters "Dongmen".
(Photo by Wang Haitu)
Whether the fonts are completely loyal to history or not can be determined, but his fonts must have a part in shaping the glory of Hong Kong from the 70s to the 90s.
He has produced thousands of large and small signboards in Hong Kong. Back then, he could ask for more than a thousand yuan for a single character. In recent years, Tai Kwun has also asked him to wave the five characters "Tai Kwan 100 Noodles."
Recently, his fonts have been taken by the director of Jackie Chan's "Rush Hour" film by Brett Ratner (Brett Ratner), hoping to buy some of his works as a souvenir, which will be sent to the United States in the near future.
Kevin, a member of the signature conservation group "Street Recruitment" who is responsible for linking Ratner, pointed out that Master Ouyang Chang is almost the only one in their knowledge who will handle the entire signature production in Hong Kong. "Director Ratner told us, " In Rush Hour, I was influenced by Hong Kong’s signboards and street scenes. I found it beautiful. I learned that the master was about to leave the imperial capital, so I wanted to find a way to support him."
There was also a student Li who was studying in Form 5 who came here specially. He hoped to ask the master to mention the words and write down his friend’s surname as a gift. "My friend will leave Hong Kong soon. I hope he will hold a copy of his surname. Remember I have lived in Hong Kong, and his identity as a native Chinese speaker."
At the end of last month, the Lands Tribunal issued a forced auction order for the Royal Theater in North Point, allowing the developer New World to obtain the remaining property rights and rebuild.
With the phrase "The world has changed, I will remain golden." The "Kinghua Signboard" that has been standing for more than 30 years in the imperial capital will be removed at the end of the month and moved to the small shop behind Metropolis Department Store in North Point. But to become his apprentice, "I don't have any requirements. As long as I am willing to learn, I can teach when someone asks me to write."
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