Thursday, November 6, 2008

Visiting the Asian: Chao Shao-an

Naturally, I had to introduce my friend to another one of my favorite Chinese painters: Chao Shao-an (Chinese, 1905–1998). His bold and spontaneous brush strokes, inventive compositions and use of vibrant colors all raise his paintings way above the often mediocre and tepid compositions of other modern Chinese painters who have attempted what he has - to meld Chinese tradition with a more modern sensibility. We were walking through the galleries and I was beginning to be concerned that his works weren't on display after all but we turned a corner and found the little alcove there his pieces are hung (note to Asian - maybe he deserves more open space?)

Chao Shao-an "To learn from Nature but be inspired by inner sensibility"

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