Yu Nancheng

Peony Blossom II
Oil on Canvas, 70 x 70 cm

USD 4,100 – 5,800


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About the artwork

A traditional floral symbol of Yu's homeland, China, peonies are regarded as tokens of prosperity, good luck and fortune. In Yu's Peony series, the elegant compositional energy often found Chinese floral ink painting is skillfully fused with his practice off western oil, creating a style and technique that is unique to his work. Beautifully curled petals of the crimson flowers seem to naturally furl in on themselves with the three-dimensional depth created by the artist's expert use of impasto, blooming beautifully out from the flat surface. While created with the vigour and smear of the palette knife, these painted flowers seem rugged yet delicate, possessing vitality and liveliness against an otherwise smooth and dark canvas.

About the artist

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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