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Yu Hui (Chinese, b.1960)
LOT ID: 65450
Summertime, 2011

Oil, on canvas
59 х 47.25 in. (149.86 x 120.02 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower front right in oil paint.
Lot description
Yu Hui. (China, 1960). "Summertime". (2011). Oil on Canvas.
Size: 59 x 47 1/4 inches /(150 x 120 cm)
This work is unframed and in excellent condition.

"Summertime" is a most dynamic oil painting by Chinese Contemporary artist Yu Hui, where western modernism and eastern tradition are embraced, as this lush dream-scape bears influence of artists such as Marc Chagall and Zhou Chunya. In turn, Yu's brush stroke and painting style are reminiscent of Chinese Traditional landscape painters. "Summertime" at first glance appears to be landscape painting of bright blue, yellow, pink, and white flowers in full bloom amidst jade green foliage and trees. Yet upon closer look, surreal elements emerge that are a signature of the artist. Depicted in miniature, one might miss the figure of the man who curiously appears amidst the flowers. Both this figure and that of the black bird perched on a branch against a the light blue sky, balance the overtly saccharine scene in an exciting manner, adding a surreal undertone and narrative to this painting.

Yu is most famous in his native China and throughout Asia, where his landscape paintings such as "Summertime" are perceived as more than more than just pretty pictures, but as clever metaphors for the human spirit and the yin and yang equilibrium that one must strive for in life. Yu's paintings tend to express his own range of emotions felt as he paints this his works are metaphors for a variety of human feelings and emotions. The underlying theme of Yu's oil paintings is that regardless of any problems, rays of hope and happiness will always fall upon a life honorably lived. The artist was formally trained as a painter in China and is represented by top galleries in China, Singapore and in Europe. He presently lives and works in China.
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