Yu Nancheng

Shanghai I
Oil on Canvas, 110 x 250 cm

USD 21,400 – 30,600


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About the artwork

Yu Nancheng's “Shanghai” is in line with his other series of paintings in terms of concept, technique and the use of color. He honors the city which is a national monument and famous for being the cultural hub of China, using his unique contemporary technique. He uses substantial layers of paint and strong symbolic colors to describe the iconic aspect of Shanghai - as it manages to preserve history, culture and tradition whilst keeping up with industrialisation and modernisation. Yu chooses oil as his medium of choice, as it is also a traditional technique that has managed to preserve its utility throughout the ages. The artist depicts the city by creating multi-layered textures atop a vast grey expanse - this could epitomize Wu Chi - a Chinese name for “grand, ultimate space” where nothing exists, yet the potential for everything is contained therein.

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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