To coincide with annual Asia Week in New York, Arader Gallery, a prestigious gallery on the Upper East Side, Manhattan, is to display the paintings of Yu Hanyu, a well-known contemporary Chinese painter. It is the first time for the gallery to exhibit the works of Chinese contemporary artists at Asia Week in New York, and they are receiving lots of positive reactions of local audiences.
The staff of the gallery says that the show, themed “Burning Snowfields and Glaciers”, features with dozens of Yu Hanyu’s paintings focusing on the Himalayas in southwestern China, through which the audience in New York can enjoy the mystic and fantastic natural landscape before March 24, 2018.
(Stern Redcliff Disdain Frost, Yu H. 230cmx88cm)
Yu Hanyu graduated from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Department of Traditional Chinese Painting in 1985 and from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. As a famous landscape painter, a calligrapher, and national first-grade artist, Yu acts as Dean of BenYuan Calligraphy and Painting Institute of Department of Chinese Literary Federation ArtResource Center and Executive Vice President of Beijing Haiyue Painting and Calligraphy Institute. His works have been included in numerous exhibitions in China and aboard and auctioned by reputable auction houses.
Yu’s works are unique in two aspects: first, he creatively adopts heavy ink painting on Chinese art paper so as to produce an effect of oil painting; second, he finds views in Tibet where he has spent months sketching from the splendid and untraversed snow-covered plateau and seeking inspiration from the magnificent landscape every year since 2005. The towering row of mountains, the precipitous cliffs, the cold moon and the wasteland, the places beyond the Great Wall and the forests, the wind and the frost – all these painted by him are not reproduction of landscape paintings in the traditional sense.
(Yu sketched at an elevation of nearly 5000 meters.)
Yu’s paintings get rid of the model and atmosphere featuring leftover rivers and remains of mountains, instead ushering a totally new style with his stirring, solemn and forceful landscape image. His modern painting perspective helps to integrate these images, creating a unique aesthetic sense of landscape paintings.
(Snow Mountain Glittering, Yu H., 67cmx67cm)
Yu says, “As I always want to introduce Chinese paintings to the world, I pay a lot of attention to color and theme the snow maintains and glaciers in Tibet, a place nobody has painted but very attractive to the world. With unique and contemporary style, outstanding materials, and global topic, it is easier for me to promote and spread Chinese paintings worldwide.”