Contemporary Realism: Important 21st Century Works | Hosted by Sotheby’s

Contemporary Realism: Important 21st Century Works | Hosted by Sotheby’s

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Shen Hanwu

Warmth of Hometown

Lot Closed

July 26, 06:02 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot Details


Shen Hanwu 

Warmth of Hometown

signed; Hanwu Shen, lower right


Oil on canvas Canvas: 36 1/8 by 35 7/8 in. (91.7 by 91.1 cm.)

Framed: 44 by 43 7/8 in. (111.7 by 111.4 cm.)

From the artist to Private Collection USA, with Art Renewal Center 2021

Various authors, “International Realism: 15th International ARC Salon”, ACC Art Books, Woodbridge, Suffolk 2021, Illustrated p. 93

Shen Hanwu, born in 1950 in Nantung, Jiangsu, China, is an ARC Living Master. His works regularly appear at auction at major auction houses. His highest price at auction being for his work of “Descendants of the Dragon”, selling for just over $190,000 USD (1,480,000 HKD) at Sotheby's Hong Kong in 2014. During the Cultural Revolution he worked in the countryside as a farmer, and later as an art designer and editor. Subsequently, he graduated from Hubei Fine Art Institute, becoming a full-time artist in 1972. Shen Hanwu is a National Grade One Artist. He is a member of the Chinese National Artists Association and is Director of the Wuhan Artists Association. He has received numerous national and provincial awards, and his works are represented in prestigious collections both in China and overseas. Shen has been honored with solo shows within the US and China and has been featured in numerous other shows including the “First Chinese Oil Paintings Annual Exhibition,” '92, “Contemporary Chinese Oil Paintings Exhibition,” '93, “Chinese Oil Paintings Annual Exhibition,” the “Third National Sports Art Exhibition,” the “Eighth National Fine Art Exhibition,” the “Second Chinese Oil Paintings Exhibition,” the “Fourth National Sports Art Exhibition,” “Contemporary Oil Paintings Exhibition of China on Hong Kong's Return,” Zee Stone Gallery, Hong Kong, Yan Gallery, Hong Kong and many others. Among those works, "Longing for the Soccer Field" won the Third Class Award of the “Fourth National Sports Art Exhibition,” and "Colorful World" won the Excellent Works of the “Eighth National Fine Art Exhibition.” He was selected for the crucial exhibition in Japan for the "Album of Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition.” He has also been featured in the 2011/2012 Art Renewal Center International Salon, winning the award for Best Social Commentary, among many other recognitions in the ARC Competitions and beyond. About his work Shen says, "My paintings depict the most basic level (grass roots) of everyman in China. I represent the goodness of human nature and my figures tend to have the expression of hope in their eyes, which shows the yearning for a better life." 

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