- Yuan Yuan
- A Home From Home
- oil on canvas
Acquired by the present owner from the above
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai
Yuan Yuan graduated from the China Academy of Art and lives and works in Hangzhou. However, the idyllic atmosphere of the West Lake never appears in his works, which are rather dominated by a dense and solemn details and a “maximalism”that approaches religiosity. By tackling the enormous yet amorphous passage of time on two-dimensional canvases, Yuan Yuan’s paintings are immensely immersive and shift the boundary between reality and dream. A Home From Home (Lot 1) is one such deeply immersive work. Dominated by a scarred concrete wall, the composition is quietly unsettling. The old wooden arched door dates the space to the early 20th century, and the humid stillness of the air seems to contain still the passions of a past era. An ajar door separates the cold, dark foreground and the warm and well-illuminated background, suggesting a passage into a different world. Yuan Yuan says,“The invisible thing I want to address is time itself. It is what we all fear.”
Painted in 2009, Untitled (Lot 2) is a superb example of Yuan Yuan’s series of paintings of neoclassical buildings. It depicts a corner of an abandoned reception hall. Its refined Sino-Western decorative motifs and carved columns, crystal chandelier, and marble flooring all speak to the lost glories of a century past. Yuan Yuan renders the material details with utmost care and creates a surrealistic atmosphere that invites us to contemplate the vicissitudes of history. This is a ruin sculpted by time and represented in painting.