Wang Guangle is one of the most visible and promising contemporary Chinese artists born in the 1970s era. 120605 hails from his most recent series of highly conceptual and aesthetically distinctive works, which extends from his acclaimed Coffin Paint series (began in 2004). These new paintings are created by applying layer upon layer of acrylic paint in a precise and pre-determined order, resulting in minimal compositions with mesmerizing, illusionistic depth. Wang adds paint to his canvas twice daily in a ritualistic manner, with each rectangular layer slightly smaller in size and farther removed from the painting’s edge. As a result, the center of the canvas thickens and approaches a distinctly sculptural dimension. The concept transforms the slow and steady passage of time into a purely formal pictorial language, and is further inspired by the Fujian tradition of elders preparing their coffins with a coat of lacquer for each year until their impending death. A fast-rising star in the contemporary scene today, Wang graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2000 and is an important member of N12, a collective of young artists at the Academy who began staging exhibitions together in 2003. Compared to other artists born in the 1970s, Wang chose the idiosyncratic path of returning art to pure graphic aestheticism, in so doing opening up a new generation of painting concepts.