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Yu Nancheng
中华太极之搂膝拗步Tai Chi Brush Knee and Twist Step, 2018

Oil on Canvas


This work by Yu Nancheng depicts a seemingly infinite number of figures practicing Tai Chi in front of Tiananmen Square. Yu uses an open composition, leading a sense of movement to the piece. This movement is furthered by his use of impasto, which replicates the slow and controlled motions of Tai Chi and produces a distinct textured surface. Yu’s use of horizontal layering creates depth, while the visual impact of this remarkable sight is heightened as well by the vivid “China Red” paint he depicts the figures with. Yu’s skillful understanding and use of painterly techniques thus provides viewers with a stunning visual experience.

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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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