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b. 1976, China

Shen Liang Biography

Shen Linag's new series 'Bast Paper and Painted Book' extend his exploration of common objects and include recent work that introduces elements of contemporary life into traditional painting. Starting from Eastern aesthetics, Shen then uses traditional Western methods and materials to create paintings with an Eastern spirit.

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'Bast Paper' Series challenges the values of traditional literati painting. He makes subtle observations of everyday life in his paintings of red onions, melon seed husks, and garlic skins, which literati felt had little value, or commonly seen willow branches and butterflies. Objects are depicted with exquisite technique approaching that of Realism, and the accumulation, day upon day, of smeared, layered, and molded pigment exudes the charm of landscapes in the Eastern ink-painting tradition. Shen's paintings are both concrete and abstract.

For 'Painted Book' Series, Shen Liang gives expression to and extends interest in copying the work of old masters. Shen discovered that the paper jackets of old books have a sense of time and history that is similar to that of old paper. He then started copying ancient paintings, painting them on the backs of book jackets to express traditional charm with the qualities of old books. He further added elements of falsification, ridicule, irony, joking, and humour to make the work contemporary. Shen's 'Painted Book' Series is part graffiti, part painting, and also part ready-made object.

Although Shen Liang has a background in Western painting, he still cherishes his own culture like a true literati. The spirit of the Eastern literati tradition is evident in his paintings, but he renews this spirit by using Western techniques. Through the alternating use of banter and solemnity, and entirely new features in his work, Shen joins Chinese traditional culture with contemporary life.

Text courtesy Lin & Lin Gallery.

Shen Liang Featured Artworks

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The Passed Time in Memories by Shen Liang contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Shen LiangThe Passed Time in Memories, 2019Acrylic on papers, Desk, Chair 丙烯.紙本‧書桌‧椅子
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2020 No.1 by Shen Liang contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Shen Liang2020 No.1, 2020Acrylic, lead powder on paper 丙烯‧鉛粉‧淨面加厚手工皮紙
205 x 205 cm
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2019 No.2 by Shen Liang contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Shen Liang2019 No.2, 2020Acrylic, lead powder on paper 丙烯 ‧ 鉛粉 ‧ 紙本
110 x 205 cm
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The Journey to The West 大畫西遊 by Shen Liang contemporary artwork works on paper
Shen LiangThe Journey to The West 大畫西遊, 2017-2019Acrylic on paperboard
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The Journey to The West 大畫西遊-西遊記 by Shen Liang contemporary artwork works on paper
Shen LiangThe Journey to The West 大畫西遊-西遊記, 2017-2019Acrylic on paperboard
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2019 No.3 by Shen Liang contemporary artwork works on paper
Shen Liang2019 No.3, 2019Acrylic, lead powder on paper
205 x 205 cm
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2019 No.2 by Shen Liang contemporary artwork works on paper
Shen Liang2019 No.2, 2019Acrylic, lead powder on paper
110 x 205 cm
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2018 No.8 by Shen Liang contemporary artwork mixed media
Shen Liang2018 No.8, 2018Colour pen, lead and butterfly powder on paper
208 x 208 cm
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