Shen Liang - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    L.A. Gallery, Beijing

  • Catalogue Essay

    Shen Liang looks at this classical Chinese performing art "from a modern perspective." His pictures take their place among contemporary Chinese art not only in that they are paintings, but also in that they depict presentday life in a very intimate way. They indicate an unresolved relationship with a tradition that means little for many a Chinese youth... In many of Shen Liang's paintings, these nuances of color, and thus the symbolic values they convey, are hardly visible any more; instead, they have blended to create a general impression of vagueness, or transience. The hurried brushstroke conveys the dynamics of the movements, of martial arts being integrated into the opera performance. The hazy, indistinctive quality of the pictures especially bespeak a tradition that is still vividly alive, but at the same time resembles only a vague recollection.
    (M. Behm, Shen Liang ‘Beijing Opera', L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, 2005)


Beijing Opera


Oil on canvas.

180 x 140.5 cm. (69 7/8 x 55 1/4 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘Opera [in English] Beijing [in Chinese] Shen Liang [in Chinese] 2004' on the reverse.

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £8,125

Contemporary Art Day Sale

29 Feb 2008, 2pm