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“Wandering in Nature” by Xue Song at Shanghai Gallery of Art

“Old Tree Series No.8,” 2018 Xue Song Oil On Canvas 160cm X 100cm X 4 Shanghai Gallery of Art
(Courtesy of the artist & Shanghai Gallery of Art)

Shanghai Gallery of Art is hosting “Wandering in Nature,” a solo exhibition of works by Chinese artist Xue Song. Organized jointly by Shanghai Gallery of Art and the Beijing Center for the Arts, this exhibition showcases work by the artist during the last three years.

“At the invitation of Weng Ling, founder of the Shanghai Gallery of Art, Jennifer Lu, director of the Shanshui Conservation Center, Thomas Shao, chairman of Modern Media Group, and Wan Jie, chairman of Artron Art Group, several of Xue Song’s painting series featuring the artist’s ink and wash painting on fabric over the past three years will be presented at the exhibition, showcasing the thread of art emanating spontaneously from Xue Song’s works,” the gallery says. “Over the past few years, Xue Song has tried to use the Chinese traditional ink and wash as a medium and create brand-new contemporary painting on linen. The new works not only follow the artist’s previous fabric oil painting techniques that make people feel assured and carefree, but from a different point of view present his tranquil mood developed through a devotion to nature over recent years and his maturity and refinement entirely rising above the established ideas in the history of art.”

Xue was born in 1965 in Anhui Province, China. He lives and works in Shanghai. Song’s artistic career began with collages.  However, he still searched for his true calling, saying, “I wanted to break Chinese tradition and surpass Western modernism. It is easy to say, but very difficult to realize.”

After a fire burned his studio, he incorporate charred remnants of past work, books, and other belongings in his work.

“Since holding his first major solo exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in 2010 and having a solo exhibition of specially commissioned works at the Palace Museum in 2016, Xue Song has shown a distinctive oriental temperament through his romantic, impressionistic painting style and uniquely created medium for paintings. In this way he has also gradually developed an artistic style featuring Naturalism that’s unique in the contemporary painting circles, linking tradition and today. It is expected that this summer’s exhibition could perfectly show Xue Song’s new works to viewers in Shanghai and pass along the artist’s distinctive idea of art and nature to more people,” the gallery says.

“Wandering in Nature” will run through July 15, 2018, at Shanghai Gallery of Art, 3rd Floor, 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai 200002, China.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/shanghai-gallery-of-art/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek into the artworks.

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