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New Works  2016.11.05 - 2017.02.26

Matthew Liu Fine Arts is pleased to announce the debut solo exhibition of the Beijing-based renowned contemporary artist Yin Zhaoyang at the gallery, bringing together a comprehensive body of works that spans through a variety of medium, including oil on canvas, mixed media, watercolor on photographic paper and ink and color on paper. Yin Zhaoyang: New Works will be on view from November 5, 2016 through February 26, 2017. The gallery will held an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, November 5, from 4-7 PM.


For over two decades, Beijing-based contemporary artist Yin Zhaoyang has been creating shockingly expressive and provoking works that explore the sense of anxiety, melancholic sentiments and bewilderment that young people experienced in the swiftly changing social environment in the post-Mao China. As a representative figure in the style known as Youth Cruelty that was developed among a group of contemporary Chinese artists in mid-1990s, Yin is best known for his realistic portraitures of youths, often his self-images or artists and poets from his circle of friends, with fierce or nonchalant expression.


In recent years, Yin’s works have shifted towards representations of landscape and become increasingly abstract and conceptual. With bold colors, he expresses his individuality, inner feelings, thoughts, pursuits and state of mind through his expressive brushstrokes in depicting landscape in styles and manners that are reminiscent to the traditional literati painting. His several visits to the Songshan Mountains inspired him to create works that privilege spirit and brushwork over form-likeness, and value calligraphic expressiveness over mimesis. In this new body of work, Yin Zhaoyang transforms classical landscape styles into abstract brush idioms and by manipulating their thickening and thinning calligraphic elements, creating a fused, illusionistic, pictorial surface that allowed him to master both nature and history.


Boundless and vigorous, the splendid landscapes in the works in this exhibition are sensitive and dynamic in nature. The artist’s bold and animated brushstrokes are effortlessly embedded with implications and wonderful subtleties. The fusion and overlapping of oil paints allows him to simultaneously present instant emotional outbreaks and deliberate thought, rendering the final images both visually intensive and full of delicate details. The mixed media works in the Rocks from Songshan mountains series are executed in a special technique that the artist developed himself. Yin paints with ink and color on Xuan paper, and then casts layers of plaster before painting on the rough and uneven surface again. In the end, he employs scrapers and brushes to scratch through the painted surface to create a coarse texture. The compositions and the undulations evoke the lofty and abstruse interest of the spirit in traditional Chinese art. On the other hand, the lash and intensive colors that brushstrokes are in sync with the visual language in contemporary art, which renders the final imageries imposingly magnificent with exquisite ease. A collection of new works on paper is also on view, including Taigushan mountain No. 1 (2016), Taigushan mountain No. 2 (2016), and A chilly forest (2016). In sharp contrast to the strong palette he chooses for his oil paintings, these works are pure and fresh, fully elaborating his idiosyncratic expressions and calligraphic brushstrokes.


Yin Zhaoyang was born in 1970 in Nanyang, Henan province. He graduated from the Printing Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1996. Yin’s works have been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai, China, 2016; Line Gallery, Beijing, China, 2015; Henan Museum, Zhengzhou, China, 2015 and 2011; Hive Center Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2013; Tang Contemporary, Hong Kong, China, 2010; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China, 2010; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2010; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2008; Museum of Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China, 2004; Beijing Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2001. His selected group exhibitions include, PAINTING Twenty Multiplied By Twenty, Poly Art Museum, China, 2015; Lost Portrait, Long Museum, Shanghai, China, 2014; Oriental Art Master Exhibition on Paper When Foreign Lands Encounter the Youth, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2014; The Upstairs Youth, Times Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2010. The artist currently lives and works in Beijing.

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Yin Zhaoyang: New Works

Dimensions: 26.8 x 31 cm

Edition of 500

Pages: 96

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