November No. 44
CHEN WENGUANG, a major Chinese painter whose unique blend of painting techniques captures an aesthetic that moves beyond the Chinese and regional, into a global dialogue. His paintings are created using oxidized mineral pigments aligning with silver and gold leaf. Using the “Nihonga” approach which is a layering of the mineral pigments and metal leaf (not to be confused with Nihongo) and traditional Japanese painting, the abstracted image of a single lotus leaf is floated against a luminescent surface. Chen has picked up an artistic thread dating from the Ting Dynasty (618-907) in China, when mineral pigment dominated. He has revived its application by re-introducing the technique in contemporary presentation.
Steve Owyoung, former curator of the famed Asian Art Department at the St. Louis Art Museum, shares that Chen’s paintings are “a return to Chinese art and its inherently decorative foundations; each work is a contemporary revelation of tradition, an innovative take on its subjects, techniques, and materials.” He comments that it is the work’s ‘masterful technique, its invention, its striking beauty – that makes it so important and relevant.’”
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This painting is available for viewing in Houston, Texas