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b. 1942, China

Shang Yang Biography

Having studied Soviet realism while at the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Shang Yang's graduation work Boatmen on the Yellow River won universal acclaim from the official art establishment. However, he quickly abandoned the Soviet oil painting he learned at the academy and turned to mixed media. Two major series, the Great Landscapes and the ongoing Dong Qichang Project, simultaneously reveal his veneration for the tradition of Chinese landscape painting and his despair at the state of the environment in the twenty-first century. According to the artist: 'For years I have been using 'grand landscapes' to express my concern about the relationship between humans and our environment and about our future survival as a species... the different expressive styles of the artists of the middle ages [agree] on this single subject—nature at one with humans. Now they no longer exist and have been replaced by a fake nature.' (Shang Yang's Views on Art). One of the most important episodes in Shang Yang's formative years was his experimentation with different materials in 1988-89, a practice that has re-emerged in his work since 2000, and one that he continues to explore stylistically. Shang Yang's works of 2016 are his most abstract to date, developing an approach that first appeared in his exhibition at the Suzhou Museum of Art in 2013.

Shang Yang Featured Artworks

The Dong Qichang Project-31 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork
Shang YangThe Dong Qichang Project-31, 2010Mixed media
218 x 506 cm
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Decayed Book - Philosophy 坏书 - 哲学 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork
Shang YangDecayed Book - Philosophy 坏书 - 哲学, 2018Mixed media on canvas
89 x 166 cm
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Cataract-Section No.5 ⽩內障-切片5 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork
Shang YangCataract-Section No.5 ⽩內障-切片5, 2018Mixed media on canvas
173 x 242 cm
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Vertical No. 2 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork
Shang YangVertical No. 2, 2015Mixed media on canvas
248 x 78 cm
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Decayed Landscape No. 3 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork
Shang YangDecayed Landscape No. 3, 2018Mixed media on canvas
168 x 777 cm
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Decayed Landscape No. 2 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork
Shang YangDecayed Landscape No. 2, 2018Mixed media on canvas
122 x 436 cm
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Decayed Book–Literature by Shang Yang contemporary artwork
Shang YangDecayed Book–Literature, 2018Mixed media on canvas
93 x 128 cm
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Decaying by Shang Yang contemporary artwork
Shang YangDecaying, 2018Mixed media
173 x 265 cm
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Shang Yang Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Painting and Existence at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
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15 February–16 March 2019 Group Exhibition Painting and Existence Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Shang Yang, New Works at Chambers Fine Art, New York
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15 September–10 November 2018 Shang Yang New Works Chambers Fine Art, New York

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