Exhibitions/ Art Object

Landscape

Artist:
Shao Fan (Chinese, born 1964)
Date:
2009
Culture:
China
Medium:
Pencil on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 62 3/16 × 62 3/16 in. (158 × 158 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Frank Kong Siu Ming, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.100
Rights and Reproduction:
© Shao Fan
Not on view
Seen from a distance, this work looks like a traditional Chinese landscape painting, made with brush and ink. Only when you get close can you see that it was done entirely in pencil, with layers of hatch marks standing in for the washes and modulated lines of the supple Chinese brush. This kind of playful inversion is at the heart of Shao’s artistic practice, though it most often finds form in his furniture designs—the chair behind you is an example—which appropriate classical forms and materials to create whimsical new ideas.
Signature: Along the lower right margin: "Shao Fan, July, 2009."
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