Yang Shaobin - BRIC Theme Sale London Friday, April 23, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, China

  • Literature

    Yang Shaobin, Xin Dong Cheng Publishing House, China, 2004

  • Catalogue Essay

    Together with Yue Minjun and Fang Lijun, Yang Shaobin is an artist at the forefront of Chinese contemporary paintings. His harrowing portraits oscillate between the figurative and the abstract, their psychological intensity and fascination with distrorting the human body recalling the powerful, even disturbing qualities of Francis Bacaon's work. Yang says his art aims to elicit feelings of pain in the viewer; his hallmark palette of deep reds and luscious pinks allusions to the bloody struggles and brutal conflicts of modern life. Both physically and emotionally, the viewer is drawn into this world of highly charged paintings.
    Yang Shaobin's portraits are at once violent and poignant. The figure in this work is isolated and exposed: his outline is disjointed, appearing as if in a void. He wears an expression of estrangement and anguish; he is trapped in eternal recession. By presenting such an unforgiving portrayal of man, Yang Shaobin reveals the absurdity of everyday life and, ultimately, the frailty of human existence.


Untitled No. 12

Oil on canvas.
160 x 140 cm (63 x 55 1/8 in).
Signed, titled and dated 'No 12 Yang Shaobin 1998' left centre; signed and dated 'Yang Shaobin 1998' in English and Pinyin on the reverse.

£100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for £121,250

BRIC Theme Sale

23-24 April 2010