Artists seeking dreams of sea through painting
A dual exhibition featuring nearly 50 canvases by Chen Xiaosong and Lu Hongliang is underway at the Shanghai Jiushi Art Saloon through December 25.
Usually the purpose for a dual exhibition is to mirror a certain connection between the two artists, which could either be theme, concept or material and form.
The connection here is a shared theme – "Seeking Dreams over the Sea," as artists unwittingly choose the same subject of "sea" under their brushstrokes.
Born in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, Chen studied oil painting at East China Normal University. Lu who was born in Zhuji, Zhejiang Province, now teaches at Shanghai Normal University.
Perhaps for them, "sea" symbolizes their interpretations toward life and the world, and the depiction of sea reveals their aesthetic taste and pursuit in a lyrical art language.
"This exhibition is a detailed record of how the two artists seek their dreams," said Gong Yunbiao, one of the curators at the exhibition,
"Neither of them was born in Shanghai, yet the starting point for their dreams lies here in this city. One of the Chinese characters of Shanghai stands for sea, another perfect echo to the theme."
The sea under Lu's brushstrokes is more secular and present, as it reminds the viewer of familiar scenes of the beach and the seaside that many have been to, evoking the pleasant memories of vacations.
Chen's "sea" is more distant and poetic. The whole tableau is immersed with tranquility and silence, as if not a sound could be heard except the sea waves.
Obviously Chen refers to some techniques of ancient ink-wash paintings and transforms them into oil on canvas, conjuring up an atmosphere belonging to an ancient bygone era.
Date: Through December 25, 10:30am-6:30pm
Venue: Jiushi Art Salon
Address: 230 Beijing Rd E.