Mao Yan 毛焰, ‘Jim’, 2010, ShanghART
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Mao Yan 毛焰

Jim, 2010

Watercolor paper 300 g with grain, writing brush
18 × 24 in
45.7 × 61 cm
Location
Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore
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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Mao Yan 毛焰
Chinese, b. 1968
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Mao Yan’s luminous, soft-colored oil portraits place his sitters in quiet abstract settings, capturing them without any prominent emotion or expression and often only simple outlines for clothing. Mao attempts to use as few brushstrokes as possible in an effort to simplify form and capture an essence rather than a likeness. “I don’t pay more attention to representation of individuality; excessive attention to representation could only lead to narrow-mindedness,” he has said. Mao is perhaps best known for his “Thomas Series” (1998-2009), a collection of nearly 100 portraits of a close friend and Luxembourgish expatriate named Thomas who, by the end of the series, resembles an ethereal shadow, his likenesses bathed in so much light and movement as to verge on abstraction.

Mao Yan 毛焰, ‘Jim’, 2010, ShanghART
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About the work
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Mao Yan 毛焰
Chinese, b. 1968
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Mao Yan’s luminous, soft-colored oil portraits place his sitters in quiet abstract settings, capturing them without any prominent emotion or expression and often only simple outlines for clothing. Mao attempts to use as few brushstrokes as possible in an effort to simplify form and capture an essence rather than a likeness. “I don’t pay more attention to representation of individuality; excessive attention to representation could only lead to narrow-mindedness,” he has said. Mao is perhaps best known for his “Thomas Series” (1998-2009), a collection of nearly 100 portraits of a close friend and Luxembourgish expatriate named Thomas who, by the end of the series, resembles an ethereal shadow, his likenesses bathed in so much light and movement as to verge on abstraction.

Mao Yan 毛焰

Jim, 2010

Watercolor paper 300 g with grain, writing brush
18 × 24 in
45.7 × 61 cm
Location
Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore
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