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Yu Nancheng
Tai Chi (中华太极)

Oil on Canvas
150 x 6.5 x 300cm


This piece typifies Yu Nancheng's iconic 'Tai Chi' series, which is the artist's exploration of the breakthrough technique of applying heavy layers of pure oil paint onto canvas using a palette knife. Being Western in nature and origin, the technique adds for interesting contrast with the traditionally Chinese or classical elements of his artworks, and also contributes to his signature style of perceivable depth on canvas. This is visible with the awe-inspiring multitudes in this series. Working from memory, the artist’s depictions are often aesthetic exaggerations in the pursuit of arresting visual impact. His ‘Tai Chi’ series was inspired by the sight of thousands practicing Tai Chi at Tiananmen Square in China. His sense of national pride at this sight is evident by the predominant use of the colour red.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Born in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province in 1956, Yu Nancheng currently resides in Shanghai and has been engaged in art creation for more than 40 years. His artworks have been exhibited across China and are collected by art institutions and professional art collectors around the world in locations such as the U.S, Germany, Switzerland, France, England, Japan and the Middle Eastern countries. Yu’s breakthrough technique of layers by palette knife application revolutionised the world of Chinese oil painting, with his contrasting Chinese and Western techniques embellishing his signature mediums.
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  • +Exhibitions

    Selected Solo Exhibitions 

    Solo Exhibition, Ode to Art, Singapore 

    Tai Chi Series, Wellington Gallery, Hong Kong
    M50 Creative Park, Shanghai, China  

    Tai Chi Series, Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China 
    Tai Chi Series, Li Kai Lin Gallery, Manchester, UK
    Rhythm of Life, Moganshan Road, Shanghai, China 

    Changzhou Youth Club, Changzhou, China  

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