Changing LandscapesOctober 21 - December 16
The Marengo Gallery is pleased to present Changing Landscapes, a group exhibition featuring recent works by Yang De Yu, Xu Ze, and He Ming Ke. In the exhibition, the artists show the effects of modernity on Chinese landscape painting, the natural Chinese landscape, and traditional Chinese values. These artists attempt to find harmony between different elements such as east and west, natural and man-made, and stone and traditional culture. In keeping with the tradition of Chinese landscape painting, the artists do not depict real landscapes, instead arranging natural elements to express their own philosophical attitudes toward nature, spirituality, and modernity.
The exhibit will be on view from October 21 to December 16, 2017.
Xu Ze was born in Qionglai, Sichuan province in 1973. He graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute with a B.A in 1999. and later graduated from the painting department of the Central Academy of Fine Art with a M.A. in 2007. Xu is currently an associate professor of oil painting at Chengdu University of Fine Arts. He has exhibited around the world with recent solo exhibitions at XLY MoMA, Chengdu, China (2014) and Waikato Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand (2012). His recent group exhibitions include Dream of Sunshine, Yunan Fine Art Museum, Yunan China (2016); Power of the Morning: 20 Cities in China Young Artists Exhibit, Chongqing Fine Art Museum, Chongqing, China (2015), Each Their Own Path, Blue Roof Art Fair, Chengdu, China (2015), Surpass the Flesh: Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibit International Tour, National Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway (2014); Chifra 2013 “China French Art Exchange Tour” Champs-Elysées, Paris, France (2013). The artist currently lives in Beijing and Chengdu.
Yang De Yu was born in Sichuan province and later received a teaching education in 1984. He taught in the Southwest University Department of Fine Arts as a painting professor before starting his current professorship at Chengdu University School of Fine Arts. He has exhibited infrequently and predominantly in the Sichuan province. His most recent solo exhibition was at Pixel Art Space in Chengdu in 2014. The artist currently lives and works in Chengdu.
He Ming Ke was born in Sichuan province in 1968. He graduated from the Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 1992. He is a member of the Sichuan Artist Association and special appointed professor at The Fine Arts College of Sichuan Normal University and Xi’Chang Fine Arts School. His recent solo exhibitions include Chengdu Blue Elite Exhibitions Solo Exhibition – He Ming Ke (2015), and He Ming Ke Solo Studio Exhibition (2014). The artist’s recent group exhibitions include River Stream Tanghu Oil Painting Exhibition(2016), Contemporary Meijiang River Group Exhibition (2015), Sichuan Redwall Museum First Oil Painting Exhibition (2015), Blue Elite Group Exhibition – Oil Painting Portraits (2014), Switzerland and China Fine Art Exhibition (2013). The artist has primarily exhibited in the Sichuan Province and continues to live in Chengdu.