b. 1961, China; lives and works in London and Nanjing, China
1987-1989 Royal College of Art, London 1986-1987 Wimbledon School of Art, London 1981-1985 Nanjing College of Art
Ying Sheng Yang is an artist and painting conservator; he is also a professor at Nanjing Normal University in China. As an artist, he has always been interested in combining cultural references from different cultures to create works that are multifaceted in their meaning and interpretation. His works can be found in public collections of the British Museum and Fitzwilliam Museum. Yang has also worked extensively on the conservation of oil paintings in many major private collections.
“The significance of my works”, says Ying Sheng Yang, “is only generated after each individual spectator has re-imagined and ‘re-created’ them”. Yang’s contribution to Cure3, Blue Painter (The Father of Modern & Contemporary art), is a colourful, playful artwork which is open to interpretation. Typical of his practice, the artist combines different cultural elements to create a piece which celebrates multiculturalism and diversity. The abstract expressionistic paint splotches on the wall of the Perspex cube juxtaposed with the pointillist-style floor and found object, illustrates his belief in the equal importance of all art forms and that, combined, they can make something new and exciting. In the artist’s own words, “it’s fun to put different art forms or elements from different cultures together. Sometimes they fight each other, other times they help each other. Whatever happens, they always create something new in the end.”
www.yingshengyang.com Portrait courtesy the Artist