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Shao Fan
Galerie Urs Meile Beijing
No. 104 Caochangdi, Chaoyang district, 100015 Beijing, China
November 10, 2012 - January 13, 2013

Watchlist Artist: Shao Fan

Galerie Urs Meile is pleased to announce the opening of Shao Fan’s very first solo exhibition at our gallery, “Appreciation of Oldness: The Paintings of Shao Fan,” in which we will showcase more than ten of his latest paintings. “Appreciation of Oldness” by Shao Fan is the central topic of the show. “Oldness” here does not indicate a physical or biological state, but rather refers to the beauty of the sublime, and is the fruit of a distillation of time and experience. “Appreciation of Oldness,” in other words, marks a return to aesthetics, and is at the same time a validation and veneration of the beauty of “oldness.” This “Appreciation of Oldness” crafted by Shao Fan uses “old” to express a sense of awe for things, a sublimation of aesthetics. These works express Shao Fan’s consistent attitude towards the aesthetics, and thus also serve as a reply to the present with Chinese classical style.

Shao Fan’s new paintings of recent vintage convey a highly distinctive atmosphere. Pure, peaceful backgrounds enable the artist to extract the subjects - animals, landscapes and portraits - from their ambient vulgarity, thereby reducing the influence of narrative and timeliness to the bare minimum.

(text source: Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne)

Shao Fan, "一" , 2010, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm; Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne.


More on Shao Fan (b. 1964, Beijing, China)

Born in Beijing, China in 1964, Shao Fan has learned painting since childhood. He currently lives and works in Beijing. His works have extensively featured at many exhibitions throughout the world. Recent group exhibitions have included “Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture” at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney, Australia; “Three Artists – One Journey” at the National Art Museum of China in 2010, and “China Garden for Living – Illusion into Reality” at Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden in Germany in 2008.

(text source: Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne)

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(Image on top: Shao Fan, "Grandmother Rabbit" , 2012 , oil on canvas , 50 x 60 cm; Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne.)

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