Yu Nancheng

中华太极之掩手肱捶Tai Chi Hide hand and Strike Fist , 2016
Oil on Canvas, 80 x 160 cm

USD 12,800 – 18,300


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About the artwork

Yu Nancheng’s Tai Chi series was inspired by the sight of thousands performing Tai Chi at Tiananmen Square in China. He uses vivid “China Red” to paint the background of the work, with the colour reflecting a symbolic tribute to his country through its notable cultural connections. The painting depicts an infinite number of people practicing the martial art form who are rendered in blue, a colour that symbolises immortality and advancement, with the horizontal composition accentuating the awe-inspiring multitudes. Through Yu’s use of impasto, he creates a unique textured surface that illustrates the controlled movements in Tai Chi, and the gracefulness of the martial art form. As a result, Yu’s stunning technique and cultural iconicism leaves a strong impact on those who view his works.

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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