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Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne

A painter, designer, and sculptor, Shao Yan is best known for his series of chairs that reinterpret Ming Dynasty furniture. Shao believes that Ming furniture expresses the chief tenets of Chinese philosophy; by combining ancient designs with the clean lines and geometry of contemporary aesthetics, he suggests the cultural and philosophical changes undergone in modern-day China. Through their resemblance to Chinese characters, some of Shao’s chairs were designed to parody the modern fascination with the logography of Chinese script. He also produces oil paintings that reinterpret the old “literati” style of Chinese paintings, referencing their stark and sober palettes and drawing from Chinese philosophy through their balanced depiction of the natural world. Born into a family of renowned artists—Shao’s parents were assigned to paint Maoist propaganda during the Cultural Revolution—Shao was one of the first Chinese artists to explore the boundaries between visual art and furniture.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Shao Fan - Recent WorksGalerie Urs Meile
2017
Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of ChinaThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
2014
Re: CollectionMuseum of Arts and Design
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Portrait - 2013.03, 2013

Oil on canvas
82 7/10 × 66 9/10 in
210 × 170 cm
Location
Lucerne, Beijing
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Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne

A painter, designer, and sculptor, Shao Yan is best known for his series of chairs that reinterpret Ming Dynasty furniture. Shao believes that Ming furniture expresses the chief tenets of Chinese philosophy; by combining ancient designs with the clean lines and geometry of contemporary aesthetics, he suggests the cultural and philosophical changes undergone in modern-day China. Through their resemblance to Chinese characters, some of Shao’s chairs were designed to parody the modern fascination with the logography of Chinese script. He also produces oil paintings that reinterpret the old “literati” style of Chinese paintings, referencing their stark and sober palettes and drawing from Chinese philosophy through their balanced depiction of the natural world. Born into a family of renowned artists—Shao’s parents were assigned to paint Maoist propaganda during the Cultural Revolution—Shao was one of the first Chinese artists to explore the boundaries between visual art and furniture.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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