Organized by NAMOC, the solo exhibition on the Chinese French artist Wang Yancheng Yan-Wang Yancheng Art Exhibition raised the curtain on the afternoon of April 20 in NAMOC.
The exhibition showcases his large size artworks that have been created in recent years. Different from the tradition of poetic lyric abstraction, the artist pays special attention to the profoundness and deepness where universal secrets are hidden. That is a world beyond self control, also a world of self-exiling but with nowhere to return to. The polishing and damage towards the bright colors, and the coverage and adding of the black color both contribute to the surging air in the paintings which is the atmosphere exchange and circulation between the mind and the universe. This demonstrates the artist's creative exploration of the traditional oriental aesthetics.
Wang Yancheng, born in 1960, living in France for a long time, won the French National Cultural Knight Medal in 2006, the French National Legion of Culture Officer Medal in 2013, and the French National Legion of Culture Commander Medal in 2015. He is regarded by the western art world as another representative in post-abstraction art after Zao Wouki and Chu Teh-Chun.
Wang Yancheng studied realistic style in painting in his early years and was obsessed with creating three dimensional effect on a two dimensional surface. He evinced great talent in realistic painting, and his artworks were selected into the Second National Youth Art Exhibition and he won a third prize in 1981 when he's still in college. Wang Yancheng went to France in 1990 and studied at Universite de Saint Etienne to learn systematically the techniques and theories of the western modern painting. After graduation in 1993, he settled down in Pairs and had very close contact with abstract masters Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wouki. He was deeply influenced by them in his transition from realistic to abstract styles. In recent years, he abandoned the original pretty and poetic style on purpose and turned to pure abstraction, which, still, showed signs of influence of the former masters, but had created a style of his own. This ability of merging is attributable to his comprehension of Chinese Taoism. According to Jean-Paul Desroches, Honorary Director of the French Cultural Heritage, "Wang Yancheng is similar with the two masters and yet different. He chose an abstract language." Wang Yancheng inherits the lyric abstraction tradition from Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wouki and creates a series of poetic abstract artworks.