Zeng Shanqing - Recent Works
May 19 - June 23, 2002
Plum Blossoms Gallery, Singapore
#02-37 Raffles Hotel Arcade
Based in New York, Zeng excels in painting horses, Tibetan riders and mountain people at work, dancing and performing rituals. His depiction of figure and animal is invariably fresh and robust, and offers a timeless appeal. A pupil of modern Chinese painting master Xu
Beihong, Zeng had the benefit of a strict, regimented traditional training in art. He is one of the few artists who blend ink-and-brush skills with Western art techniques, most notably the use of composition and color, in an elegant and harmonious fashion. At this show, in the twelve paintings of horses and riders, the artist continues to enchant the viewer with energetic depiction of horses in bold composition, infused with rich sensibility.
Not dissimilar to many of his contemporaries, Zeng suffered enormously during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. In turn, his paintings reflect the vitality and resilience he possesses. The animals in his paintings, especially horses, are infused with an amazing vigor. His paintings are the embodiment of his undaunted spirit and love for all that is bright and uplifting in life.
Not only does the exhibition offer a sumptuous visual treat, it carries a special significance: it is the celebration of the artist's seventieth birthday. Zeng remarks, 'Although I am seventy, I regard myself as thirty-five, having discounted the thirty or so years that were wasted in the tumultuous political movements and hard labor. I'm inclined to think that my career in art has just reached its peak.'
Zeng is highly regarded by art collectors and critics alike, and his work has been exhibited in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, the UK and Germany. His paintings are in both public and private collections across the world.
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