New Century artworks
Since 2000, against the backdrop of globalisation, Chinese art has embraced international trends. Chinese artists' knowledge of world culture has rapidly increased. They have used this new global outlook to combine traditional Chinese artistic practices with Western art styles to create new, energetic and experimental forms of art that reveal the vitality, colour and multiculturalism of China today.
All works are from the National Art Museum of China.
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Chicken Feast, 2005
Oil on Canvas, 200cm x 200cm.
Wang Yan, born in 1956, is from Wendeng, Shandong province. In 1977, he enrolled in the Oil Painting Department of the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts and, after graduating, he became a teacher and then a professor there.
This painting expresses the artist's concerns about contemporary human and environmental issues. On either side of a burning pit of dead chickens sit a man and a woman devastated at the destruction of their livelihood. The blue and black sky and the barren yellow earth merge into the city on the horizon.
Spring Drizzle, 2008
Oil on Canvas, 140cm x 180cm.
Li Zhenfei, born in 1954, is from Taishan, Guangdong province. He was admitted to the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1977 and became a teacher there in 1982. He now works at the Shenzhen Arts Centre.
Long Days, 2005
Oil on Canvas, 120cm x 200cm.
Song Huimin was born in 1937 in Changchun, Jilin province. In 1962, he graduated from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts with a major in oil painting and became a teacher there, successively serving as head, dean and professor of oil painting. He is now honorary dean and honorary lifetime professor of the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, deputy director of the Oil Painting Commission of the Chinese Artists Association, honorary chairman of the Liaoning Artists Association and chairman of the Liaoning Oil Painting Society.
Oil on Canvas, 150cm x 200cm.
Zeng Fanzhi, born in 1964 in Wuhan, Hubei province, graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 1991. He lives and works in Beijing.
The challenge for the new generation of Chinese artists, of whom Zeng is a prominent figure, is how to find their own artistic expression, based on subjective feelings and objective experiences. Zeng's works have a strong and vigorous quality that conveys the passion and energy he brings to his work. The colours are not prepared in advance, but 'created' by spreading the brushstrokes through saturated colours, a technique that has become his signature style.
Elemental Speed No.19, 2008
Oil on Canvas, 200cm x 200cm.
Meng Luding, born in 1962 in Baoding, Hebei province, attended the Attached Middle School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 1987, he graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and started teaching in the Fourth Studio of the department. In 1990 he attended the National Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany, before moving to the United States where he taught at Reed College. He now lives in Beijing.
As a participant in the 'New Wave' movement of the 1980s, Meng used his artworks to critique the 'purified painting language' style that was dominant at the time. However, since returning from the United States, his latest exhibition of abstract paintings, with their fresh and unfamiliar style, has created a great deal of interest. This painting, composed of three powerful radial circles, conveys a sense of the speed with which it was created, not with a brush, but with a special tool invented by the artist.
Ten Tips, 2005
Oil on Canvas, 200cm x 134cm.
Ding Yi, born in 1962 in Shanghai, graduated from the Shanghai Art and Design Academy in 1983. In 1990 he graduated from the College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University. In 2001 he won a scholarship from the Arts Foundation of Germany. Since 2005 he has worked as a professor of visual art at the Shanghai Institute of Fudan University.