Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 150cm (H) x 150cm (W) / 59.1" (H) x 59.1" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Boy in Red B
150 x 150
Acrylic on Canvas
Ann Niu (b. 1968, Shanghai, China) skillfully trained by several Chinese calligraphy masters since childhood started oil painting when she was a teenager. Her works are often a maze-like set of complex lines created by energetically interlaced brush works. By much as in a pure state of mind, Ann Niu disassembles the unspoken word into strong strokes and symbolic impressions. The source of this intensity and the unsettling power emitted from her works could be caused by something she can trace back to her younger days. Her final artwork is filled with sceneries, scattered epics broken down into letters and numbers; showing a labyrinth of secluded surroundings hidden in and around the painting. Hence, Ann Niu’s works extricate the once unilateral relation with the viewer to become more of a story-teller.
The Latent Enlighten Series
Most of the motifs for The Latent Enlighten Series come from famous traditional Chinese paintings or auspicious images in Chinese folk art, i.e. human ﬁgures and animals. "Reclusion" is a unique connotation of Eastern culture. Ancient Chinese artists believed that "reclusion" can not only stay away from the turmoil of the world but also focus on oneself to inspire talent and improve the quality of life. Ancient Chinese artists generally had two methods in expressing the concept of “reclusion” in their artworks.
Rapid and spontaneous brushwork, a method similar to the “sketching” style and the “splash ink landscape painting” style; other artists employed the literary concept of metonymy. By depicting a vast landscape and tiny human ﬁgures, the artists displayed the existing state of a recluse. Ann Niu decided to combine these two methods. Nevertheless, The Latent Enlighten Series is also inspired by Shi Tao’s idea where “the ink is given by God, yet we could paint by following our heart.” Thus, the ﬁgure of the subject is hidden, but the spirit is shown. To display the formless yet eternal spirit and aura is the reason why Ann Niu started to paint The Latent Enlighten Series.
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Based in: Shanghai
Born in Shanghai
Started learning Calligraphy and Chinese ink painting since 5 years old. Followed old masters, she spent the whole childhood to study and practice as youth calligrapher. She had started to learn western oil painting during the teenager time. After 4 years of Art Collage in Shanghai, She went Japan in 1989. Graduated from Tokyo Musashino Fine Art University, Department of Design in 1995. She lived in Korea & US after Japan, during 1995 to 2000. Niu came back to home city Shanghai established studio, doing artwork & experimenting in various media since 2000. Her style is about painting the spontaneous lines with ease and grace. She often like to use “woman” and love relationship as the theme, very contemporary, yet with traditional oriental soul.
Her works have been shown in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, France, Holland, Australia… collected by Singapore National Art Museum, HSBC Private Bank(HSBCPB), and various worldwide private collectors.
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