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Yu Nancheng
Martial Art III , 2016

Oil on Canvas
70 x 70cm


In Yu’s martial art series, he illustrates the grace and control of movement in Tai Chi. The figures practicing the martial art stand out from the flat and monochrome canvas through his skillful use of impasto, which emphasizes their purposeful movements and form, and conveys the spirituality contained in these motions. The dynamic poses of the figures in combat creates energy and vibrancy, that is reinforced by the intensity of the “China Red” oil paint used for the composition. Yu blends the Western background of oil painting with the traditionally Chinese elements of his artworks, with this cultural juxtaposition of techniques creating a powerful visual impact that draws the viewer into the work’s dynamic vitality.

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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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