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ARTISTS
Fu Xi

The tragic consequences of fleeting beauty in a society that judges women by their looks pour forth in Fu Xi's haunting images. "Stop, please, my  beauty!'' she hears her subjects cry out as they face the mirror every day, increasingly filled with self-doubt, self-hate and desperation. "There is no way for women to penetrate their own surface,'' she laments.

 

Guo Wei

The restlessness and cockiness of youth emanate from Guo Wei's subjects as they mug and pose for the viewer in painted snapshots taken from everyday life. Focusing on the individual rather than on grand social issues, the artist strives to express his characters' emotions. children.

Han Qin

"In the lamplit dark of night, filled with seduction, what are people looking for?'' That is the central question asked by Han Qin's series of paintings depicting empty streets and public spaces at night. Feelings of loneliness, weakness, weariness and temptation are conjured as streetlights, headlights and shop lights pierce the angled stillness like, as he says, the "song of an enchantress.''

He Dan Cheng

Using stylized forms that play off our concepts of the comics pages, He Dan Cheng devotes himself to traditional Chinese painting that incorporates calligraphy and caricature.

He Duoling

He Duoling's work has been admired for its ability to communicate emotion, particularly melancholy and sadness. His collection presents examples from a recent body of work entitled Family. Reflecting on the current structure of family in China, the paintings present a central image of a baby (the one child of contemporary China's 'One Child Policy') onto a backdrop of classical dynastic familial scenes.

Hi Yi
Li Hua Shen

The painter with the most abstract works in this collection, Li Hua Shen has exhibited extensively in both China and the United States over the last two decades. His black, gray and white work explores a contemporary vision of ink and brush strokes.

Loui Hong

An erotic dreaminess permeates the canvases of Loui Hong, who calls himself a "successor'' of the ancient arts for whom painting can be joyous but in reality is his only option in life. "After all,'' he says, "the painstaking effort of so many years makes me unable to quit.''

Luo Fa Hui

Luo Fa Hui turns Chinese artistic convention on its head as he explores, in startlingly contemporary ways, traditional landscape and still-life subjects and the ancient notion of poetic, heavenly beauty of woman.

Tu Hong Tao

whose work depicts scenes and subjects that are sometimes grotesque and somewhat stylized -- describes his artistic process as beginning when he is moved, say, by the fragile sound of a little bird. He then strives to recreate the moment on canvas. The finished product is climatic for him reaching "the moment of pleasure, excitement, nervousness, lust and the colorful life people seek," he says – and changes his original connection with the subject. "After I paint,'' he says, "I feel nothing of the history of the image.''

 

Wang Chen Yun

"My paintings do not tell stories,'' Wang Chen Yun says. "They show a moment of life.'' With that in mind, the artist feels it unnecessary to represent every detail of his scenes and instead creates boldly colored, fluid works that captivate spectators free to put their own interpretations on what they see. "Whether this is radical,'' the artist muses, "I do not know.''

Yang Mian

"Influenced by the culture of consumerism,'' Yang Mian says in commenting on his paintings of glamorous, often wind-swept women who confront the viewer head on, "my artistic sensibility has evolved to a 'standard' that springs from the joint forces of commerce and media.'' The subjects, reminiscent of  women depicted in high-end advertising, may be seen as consuming, he says, or, in fact, creating.

Zhao Nengzhi

Zhao Nengzhi aims not to recreate life with his brush strokes, but rather to penetrate appearances and find his subjects' true, inner expressions. This "self-examination,'' as he calls it, is his way of pondering and questioning the circumstances of one's personal existence.

Zhou Chen Ya

"Even though Western art dominates my painting style,'' Zhou Chun Ya says in describing works that range from landscapes to depictions of his dog to studies of the human body, "I would say I am a Chinese painter.'' His approach is indeed informed by the Chinese lifestyle he says he maintains "within myself.''