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New Paintings by Liu Zhen

New Paintings by Liu Zhen

Liu Zhen (b. 1970) is an exciting young Shanghai-based artist who specializes in lacquer painting, often on a large scale in screens or triptychs. His mastery of this medium is taking one of the most ancient art forms in Chinese culture to an unprecedented level of modern aesthetic expression. Born in Jiangsu Province in 1970, Liu Zhen was trained in traditional Chinese ink painting and oil painting at high school. Later, at the Central Academy of Art in Beijing, he studied mural art and began to focus on lacquer painting. Liu Zhen has travelled widely all over China, developing a love of natural landscapes and scenery. He also has a strong interest in ancient Chinese culture, in particular the surface texture of antique objects, old walls, and traditional Chinese seal carvings. These two sources of inspiration come together in his work.

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New Artist by Jeanne Wassenaar

New Artist by Jeanne Wassenaar

Jeanne’s work is mostly about experiences and experiencing, and the process of creating an image; a free exchange where the unconscious can react to what her consciousness is perceiving so that the image may emerge as it wants and needs to. Her work is mostly not of a figurative nature but should a recognisable form appear, it is because it wants to and not because she has dictated it to be there. It is also about the materials she uses, their properties and trying to respect them with all the integrity that she has. Jeanne studied Fine Art from the early – mid 80s at Technikon Witwatersrand and at Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. After setting forth into a career in advertising, the film industry, a two year stint as an art teacher and finally a journalist and publisher, she returned full time to her canvasses in 2001. In 2012 she embarked on a South East Asian journey that lasted 3 years. It may not yet be over as she currently works from an island studio in the Philippines.

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New Paintings by Robert Niesse

New Paintings by Robert Niesse

Robert Niesse is a young German artist from Cologne specialising in abstraction. His paintings are ,strong compositions of vertical & horizontal bands of colour which sweep across the canvas and blur into each other, creating the illusion of an unfocussed, mysterious image. His technique is a vigorous application of thick layers of paint with squeegee, knife and brush which squeeze, cut and scrape the image onto the canvas.

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New Paintings by Wei Shaodong

New Paintings by Wei Shaodong

Wei Shaodong’s work is strongly influenced by the landscape and tropical climate of the far south of China, where he was born, educated and has spent most of his adult life.. He depicts icons of modern times, such as aircraft, firearms and electronica, against a background of the lush tropical foliage of his native land. This surreal amalgam of technology and the natural world is then incorporated into a classical setting, thus creating striking and thought provoking images. Wei Shaodong takes inspiration from classical master painters, both Western and Chinese, from eminent Chinese historical figures and from the Chinese landscape painting tradition. He is equally conversant with oil paint as with the traditional medium of ink. It is always gratifying to see an artist produce original creative work outside of the mainstream of Beijing and Shanghai, where a hothouse atmosphere dominated by market forces now prevails. Wei Shaodong has, at a very early stage of his career, produced work of startingly originality

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