The story behind the “Pipa Dream” painting series somehow reminds the artist of Bai Juyi’s poem, “Pipa Song”. One autumn, the artist took part in an evening cruise on the West Lake (Hangzhou), accompanied by a beautiful pipa player. Her enchanting performance inspired him profoundly and some time later he spontaneously created twelve paintings. There was no drafting, as it all came about in one fling. Each painting is composed only of a single Chinese character meng (“夢” meaning “dream”), in the shape of a pipa (Chinese lute). Apart from reflecting on that night’s dreamlike atmosphere, the character comes from the name of the charming player, which contains the character meng.