I was reading an article about the Red Gate Gallery and contemporary art in China, and I was linked to Chen Ke’s work, which is part of the gallery’s spring exhibition.
Of all the artists, Chen Ke was the most stunning by far (IMO). He shows an amazing amount of skill and control, working so gracefully with thick oil paint and showing so much variety and subtlety using only reds and oranges and pinks.
The statement from the artist:
“My recent work is about a return to nature, which takes the form of a couple of fruit trees or a mountain. I feel that only by being in nature will one feel extremely peaceful; where one can find a serenity that emanates from the inner self. It is a place free of slogans and there is nothing to fathom. By returning to this boundless inner sanctum, one can access a life force. Perhaps it is just that for me? I feel closer to myself as I channel this internal energy into my painting.”