The Shanghai Art Museum is playing host to the recent oil paintings of Mao Yan. “Longing for More” has been sponsored by Yibo Gallery and the Chinablue Gallery.
Mao Yan, Small Portrait of Thomas – White Eyes No. 2, oil on canvas, 2008.
Mao Yan has been obsessed with painting his friend Thomas for the past decade. During that time he has completed more than one hundred compositions with this subject. With each new painting, he seems to gain a small bit of knowledge that is inherited by the next effort. This accumulation of observations has advanced with a graceful growth that is uncommon.
Mao Yan, THOMAS, oil on canvas, 2008.
Yan considers his works to be objects of lust. Strong desires are evident in his concurrent series dealing with female subjects. The intersection of these paths is certainly worthy of a museum event.
Mao Yan, Lisa Wearing a Hat, oil on canvas, 2008.
Longing for More
2 – 16 September 2009