Collision Part I – Yang Yongliang & Gao Feng Dual Exhibition


FQ Projects is pleased to present a two-person-solo-show by two young Chinese artists who live in completely different parts of China. They both chose to combine their personal interest within the composition of Chinese traditional paintings in order to present their own ‘new classic’ artistic expression.



Yang Yongliang is a young local artist who studied traditional Chinese art of  shui mo painting and calligraphy from an early age. His teacher was Yang Yang who is the professor of traditional art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He cleverly recreated “Cun”, the main representation of Chinese Shanshui paintings by using a camera, the contemporary visual device, to express his creativity for the subjects he is concerned with.  He combined the traditional Chinese paintings with the modern Shanghai city life and the details reveal current urban culture. The scenes of construction sites, large cranes, traffic signs and fly-overs are those that all Shanghai citizens are familiar with and all have become critical elements in his artworks. These common objects can be found everywhere in Shanghai, Yang Yongliang has arranged them to fit into the traditional Chinese Paintings’ composition. When watching the photographic works at a distance, they are dreamlike Shanshui paintings. On the contrary when looking at them closely, they become shockingly modern city views. He perfectly handles the contradictions between ephemeral and solid, vigor and gentle, sparse and bold, beauty and ugly so as to make the entire picture poetically harmonious, but the details are ‘blots on the landscape’. He successfully achieves a perfect balance between fragility and danger, beauty and cruelty, he brings the viewers not only visual enjoyment, but also the contemplation and self-examination of the various social and cultural concerns.

Gao Feng was born in Xinjiang and graduated from the prestigious China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He has drawn inspiration from observing the organisms that make the human form, and his work over the years has developed this inspiration and the reproduction of this in his art into microbial characters, bacterium, viral and microstructures of all kinds. The substances Gao Feng observes through a microscope brings him inspiration and in creating microbial images, he transforms his art using abstract style. The series of paintings “past existence” both reflect the past of traditional Chinese paintings, as they were like mirrors of the past and reflect upon the human organism and its interaction with the landscape around it. He creates a fantasy world by his bold imagination, the characters only have burrows like acetabulas instead of any facial features. The variation of the traditional Chinese paintings by him is to evoke people’s bold imagination and special consideration of the history and the human organism. Compared to traditional Chinese paintings, Gao Feng uses plenty of high saturation acrylic to paint the mountains and stones in his series of paintings “past existence”, and it enriches the picture dramatically and magically.

View Artist Profiles:

Gao Feng

Yang Yongliang