Shen Fan
Chinese, born 1952
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Alisan Fine Arts at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018,
Alisan Fine Arts
ShanghART at Art Taipei 2015,

The richly hued monochromatic patterns and organic forms for which Shen Fan is known draw on Western Minimalism, but maintain a distinctly Chinese character, not least because they are painted on rice paper. The repetition of abstract shapes overcome any strains of individualism or desire for self-expression the artist might harbor, striving instead for the spiritual transcendence of the simplest of forms. Shen began abstracting his landscapes when he switched from ink-wash oil paint in the 1980s and has since also experimented with mixed-media installations. He created quite a stir with his monumental “painting” created in tribute to the prominent early-20th-century landscape painter Huang Binhong for the 2006 Shanghai Biennial. Its “brushstrokes” are composed of 2,500 neon tubes that alight in groups over the course of a few hours.