Yu Chegngyou - Warm Love
Water base woodcut.
Limited edition 1/50
Images size diameter: 50.7 cm
Yu Chengyou, born in 1953, is from Jimo, Shandong Province. He is good at printmaking. He started to create paintings in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, he joined the Beihua Desert Printmaking Creation Class. In 1986, he graduated from Jixi Normal University, majoring in fine arts. After 1987, he worked in the Mass Art Gallery of Jixi City, Heilongjiang Province. He is a member of the Chinese Artists Association, director of the Heilongjiang Print Academy, vice director of the Heilongjiang Print Art Committee, and resident painter of the Heilongjiang Artists Association. He is a national first-level artist. He was also a judge of the 16th National Print Exhibition.
Yu Chengyou created a philosophical, aesthetic experience in his prints. The delicate and whimsical brushwork of Song and Yuan Dynasty paintings combined with the 'woodcut texture' and 'Chinese ink texture ' of images created modern works, yet transcendent. His works had simple shapes and single colours, with a texture of engraving marks that was both bold and delicately clear. As an outstanding artist in the North Great Wilderness Prints, Yu Chengyou has won many domestic and international awards.
His works have been selected for the 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th National Fine Arts Exhibition, the 11th, 17th National Print Exhibition, Qingdao International Print Biennial, Taiwan International Print Biennial, Beijing International Print Biennial, and Shenzhen Guanlan International Print Biennial, and the 100 Years of Chinese Print Exhibition.
In 1984, "Xiaotun Night" won the Silver Award of the 6th National Fine Arts Exhibition;
In 1992, "Ming" won the Gold Award of the Japan-China Print Award;
In 1994, "Returning Thought" won the Excellent Award of the 8th National Fine Arts Exhibition, and "Ying" won the Silver Award of the 12th National Print Exhibition;
In 1996, "Heavy Snow Crossing the National Road Near the Mountainside" won the Silver Award of the 13th National Print Exhibition; in 2003, "Qingping Music III - Lucky Snow" won the Gold and Color Award of the 2nd Art Award of the Chinese Federation of Literature and Art, and "Qingping Music II" won the "Taihe Classical Award" of the Beijing International Print Biennial;
In 2004, "Polar Warm Sun" won the Excellent Work Award of the 10th National Fine Arts Exhibition;
In 1999, he won the "Lu Xun Print Award" of Chinese Excellent Printmakers in the 1980s and 1990s. More than 100 works such as "Xiaotun Night", "Mountain Flower", "Polar Warm Sun", "Returning Thought" have been collected by domestic and foreign professional institutions and collectors such as the Chinese Art Museum, the Japanese International Print Art Museum, and the British Woodcut Foundation.
In 1999, he held a personal exhibition in Taiwan and published two personal painting collections, "Yu Chengyou's Painting Collection".
About Yu Chengyou’s work
Yu Chengyou ‘s images have drawn upon the natural surroundings of the northern provinces of china, from wild life to human life , places that through the simplicity of his style, seem tranquility and uncluttered, quite a contrast to the metropolises’ of China. Solace from the maddening crowd and industrialisation of China. His work promises something better for us, a world to strive for. These are prints of vision and style, with analytical precision and imagination, that is unique to Yu Chengyou.
The Dreamlike Landscapes
The dreamlike landscapes in Yu Chengyou’s art tell legends of the spirit, and his poetic lines are splashed with magnificent pure colours. He infuses the North landscape with abstract constructs, seeking out formal beauty in his lines. Natural still objects are orderly arranged for the purity of the artist’s image structure. His bird paintings have the exquisite vividness of Northern Song bird and flower paintings but also the succinct flawlessness of modern abstract form while maintaining the purity of classical eastern philosophy.