Artwork of the Day: People Tide, Wushu Deng
Wushu is a professional artist who has specialized in oil painting since 1991. In his “Through the Eyes of a Child” series, Wushu looks out on Chinese society with the unprejudiced perspective of a young child. With its fundamentally optimistic view, the series stands in distinction to the discontent and social and political critique that has come to typify China’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. While the child’s mirrored glasses reflect his vision of the wall-to-wall “People Tide” — China’s unavoidable population issue — the child’s face is cheery. The people he sees are happy and at rest. Wushu seems to view China’s people, through the eyes of this child, as its great strength rather than its weakness.
Born in Sichuan Province in 1968, Wushu studied oil painting at the acclaimed Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing. His large acrylic canvases of sunglasses-wearing children have made a deep impression on collectors both in China and the United States. Wushu has exhibited his work at a number of important galleries and museums, including China’s Museum of Cultural Arts.
Come on down to Pier 94 and see Wushu and other artists with Rainbow Gallery today at Artexpo New York. It’s the last day of the show!