Yu Nancheng

Martial Art I , 2016
Oil on Canvas, 70 x 70 cm

USD 4,400 – 6,300


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About the artwork

In this work by Yu Nancheng, two figures are shown in combat. Yu creates layers using a palette knife to depict the figures, enabling them to protrude from the canvas to produce an interesting surface texture. The vivid “China Red” paint he uses heightens the intensity of the work, and this is furthered by the dynamic poses of the figures, as their leading lines emphasise the directional flow of energy. Yu utilises contrasting colours to create an interesting visual experience, with cool blue specks standing out from the vibrant red dynamically. Through his visual mastery, Yu creates a profound work that conveys the spirituality and power of movement in Tai Chi.

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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