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Shi Lifeng (Chinese, b.1968)
LOT ID: 71846
Controlling No. 2, 2009

Oil, on canvas
78.75 х 67 in. (200.02 x 170.18 cm.)
Signed, and dated in red oil paint right center of canvas .
Lot description
The gleaming red hand of China looms large against optimistic bright blue skies, with denizens of miniature red figures clamoring upon the appendage, desperate to hold on, as they inevitably tumble and fall from the sky. A single figure has been plucked and held between finger and thumb, as if standing as an example for the rest of his colleagues to heed. "Controlling No. 2" (2009) by Chinese Contemporary artist Shi Lifeng (China, b. 1968) is simply encapsulated of the literal and metaphorical elements that have made Shi one of China's most respected Contemporary Realist artists. One of his largest paintings to date, this work measures 78.75 x 67 inches (200 x 170 cm) is unframed and in excellent condition. This work can ship professionally crated and rolled off the stretchers if desired.

As one the most critically acclaimed artists of the Chinese Avant-Garde movement working today, Shi Lifeng's oil paintings are unmistakable in their consistent theme of the anonymous struggle of the individual against a domineering power. Shi Lifeng tends to paint most of his work in brilliant reds and solid blacks, with his newer works such as this work integrating blue skies, flowers and and a broader color palette. The artist graduated graduated from Hei Bei Normal College in 1991 and has exhibited international at such institutions as the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai, China), Yang Gallery (Singapore), and Beijing Contemporary Art Museum (Beijing, China), among many others. His works are highly sought after on both the primary and secondary markets.
Controlling No. 2 by Shi Lifeng
  • Controlling No. 2 by Shi Lifeng
  • Controlling No. 2 by Shi Lifeng
  • Controlling No. 2 by Shi Lifeng
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