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He Hongbei (American/Chinese, b.1969)
LOT ID: 75332
Landscape No.1, 2011

Oil, on canvas
70.85 х 53.15 in. (179.96 x 135 cm.)
Signed, "Hongbei" in English and dated on the lower left front corner.
Lot description
"Landscape No. 1" (2011) is stunning large-scale realist oil painting by famed Chinese Contemporary female artist He Hongbei (China, b. 1969). The artist is most widely known for her surrealist figurative paintings and thus the paintings from her new "Landscape" series begun in 2011-2012 are rare and represent an exciting new departure for He. This painting is the very first in her "Landscape" series, and is simply a masterpiece by the artist. Sitting at river's edge is an anthropomorphic gray Scholar's Rock surrounded by lush, colorful flowers in full bloom. The revered Rock with its gently curving silhouette and smooth surfaces, as well as the overtly feminine flowers clearly replace the female figure, which the artist typically depicts in such contexts. The dialectic between the realist, black and white riverscape in the distance and lush, up-close polychrome Rock and flowers serves to heighten the surrealism and fantasy of this scene that could easily be mistaken for a photograph. "Landscape No. 1" measures 70.85 x 53.15 inches (180 x 135 cm) is unframed in excellent condition. This work can be shipped on stretchers or shipped professionally rolled as winning bidder desires.

He Hongbei was born in 1969, Chongqing, China and she currently lives and works in Beijing, China. She was given a B.A. in Fine Art Painting, from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries and exhibitions in Asia, The U.S. and Europe. Notable solo shows include in 2012: "Mirror Garden" - He Hongbei Solo Exhibition, New Millennium Gallery, Beijing, China; 2011: "Her Vision", Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China; "Chengdu Biennial Exhibition:, Chengdu, Sichuan and "Chinese Artists in Paris:, Paris, France. In 2009 she held a solo at Beijing Zhou Gallery, China again in 2008 at the Beijing Art Seasons Gallery, China. She had her first U.S. solo in 2001 at Noel Gallery, Charlotte, NC, USA. Selected group exhibitions include in 2008 ’Chinese Art group Exhibition’, Zurich, Switzerland. The artist recently returned to China after living and painting in the U.S. for nearly a decade.
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