Deng Cheng Wen

Hearsay is True (耳听为虚)
Oil on Canvas, 100 x 80 cm

USD 11,400

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About the artwork

A series focused on the ignorance and misguided views of our modern society, Deng Cheng Wen has characteristically depicted his subjects with their eyes covered by the hands of others. However, in ‘Hearsay is True’, the train is broken and walkers are seen with their eyes open. Surprisingly, instead of freedom and enlightenment from being able to see, hands of others are still present, directing the foremost walkers gaze in a particular direction. Powerfully symbolic, the artist shows us that often, even those who thirst to see and know, only see what we are shown or led to believe. Our eyes may be open but what we see is directed by what others wish us to view.



About the artist

In 1981, Deng Cheng Wen was born in Guangdong Province, China. He graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and his works have been exhibited worldwide in places such as Hong Kong, Beijing and Miami. Deng Cheng Wen's "Blind Walking" series captures the collective ambition, ignorance and emotional flurry within the young Chinese of his generation. His works adopt a concept-based approach in order to seek a depth and complexity, at a level that causes some of its viewers to recognize personal truths while standing before the art. 

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