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Dimensions: 170.0cm(H) x 140.0cm(W) / 66.9"(H) x 55.1"(W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Most of the motifs for the Latent Enlighten series come from famous traditional Chinese paintings or auspicious images in Chinese folk art, and they are either human figures or animals. The ancient Chinese artists generally had two methods in expressing the concept of “reclusion.” The first one is to paint with rapid and spontaneous brushwork, which is similar to the “Da Xieyi” (sketching ideas) style and the “Pomo landscapes” (“Splash ink”) style; other artists employ the literary concept of metonymy. By depicting a vast landscape and tiny human figures, the artists display the existing state of a recluse. I decided to combine these two methods. Nevertheless, the Latent Enlighten series is also inspired by Shi Tao’s idea that “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 I started to paint the Latent Enlighten series.
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Lives and Works: 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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