Zhao Yang was trained in Chinese figurative ink painting, but today his artistic output juggles inspiration from the Chinese masters with Western painting traditions. The tension evident in his oil and acrylic paintings – most often depicting one or two obscured figures in a washy-coloured landscape – is not just the result of the coupling of a traditional aesthetic with a conceptual approach, but also stems from the subject matter itself. The 2016 painting Across the Sea, exhibited at the…
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