Future Greats: Zhao Yang

selected by Jilly Ding Kit. From the Summer issue of ArtReview Asia

By Jilly Ding Kit

Zhao Yang, Across Sea, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 130 × 55 cm. Courtesy the artist and Shanghart, Shanghai & Singapore Zhao Yang, Man Holding a Stone, 2015, oil and acrylic on canvas, 61 × 47 cm. Courtesy the artist and Shanghart, Shanghai & Singapore Zhao Yang, The Night of Arc, 2015, oil and acrylic on canvas, 200 × 180 cm. Courtesy the artist and Shanghart, Shanghai & Singapore Zhao Yang, Spring, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 200 × 150 cm. Courtesy the artist and Shanghart, Shanghai & Singapore

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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