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"Great Han Series: Wang Lifeng New Works"
2003-04-06 until 2003-04-30
Red Gate Gallery
By the end of the eighties and the nineties, the series of National Language, stele and outer coffin created by Wang Lifeng had reached very mature expression in the application of abstract and material languages. Wang Lifeng’s paintings are in the form of abstract, in which a lot readable signals have been applied such as words, rubbings from a stone inscription, silk, good editions, traditional drawings, etc. These visional signals full of Chinese traditional culture make his abstract paintings readable. They have not only made his works full of local cultural elements but also created a very strong traditional circumstance.
Since the early 1980s Chinese artists have had more freedom to experiment with different styles and media. While some artists have remained working in the conservative tradition of ink and wash, others have chosen to explore more abstract methods of artistic expression. Although Chinese art history has periods of abstract, more specifically, spontaneous work, today, artist Wang Lifeng is giving contemporary abstraction deeper meaning. His mixed media works contain a unique way of identifying essential elements of Chinese art and culture, while strongly incorporating Wangs personal interest in traditional Chinese history. Integrating these two elements he creates outstanding art with strong cultural meaning. His abstract works are infused with cultural identity, but also supply a contemporary flavor, allowing for a delicate balance and understanding of each.