Stage #17, 2008
Oil on Canvas, 90 x 60 cm
About the artwork
Zhang Yexing has a very specific attention to the textures base on the way the cope with the environment to best convey the feeling, expression and the concept that he is intending to depict. Therefore, based on his subject matters, he intelligently changes the textures and colors, in a very realistic and sophisticated way, to provide a narrative line that dwells within on moment, one scene or one concept. In his paintings he sometimes choses the most direct use of representational works, using primitive colors, linear compositions and realistic textures. Same with this painting, he amazingly portrays a moment of time that is the being expanded in many parallel linear story lines.
About the artist
Zhang Ye Xing was born in Shenyang in 1981 and graduated from the Central Fine Art Academy in 2004. His series of works use the motif of stage curtains as a main theme as people always have the desire of acting onstage. Therefore, by placing his own intimate thoughts in front of the stage, thoughts which cannot be revealed to others in real life or disclosed in public, he is researching how the human character exhibits itself in reality. There are two observable levels in Zhang Ye Xing's paintings - the psychological and the political - and both intertwine to present an insightful work of art by a young artist trying to make sense of the mind and the environment. In Zhang's works, we watch the performance of the artist, and although these are intimate moments we are never aware that it is only a performance.