Chinese Oil Painter He Duoling and His Paintings 何多苓画作

Born in 1948 in Chengdu, He Duoling(何多苓) is among China’s most prominent contemporary realist painters. He is best known for his images of female nudes and various minorities in the west and southwest of China’s countryside. In 1982, He graduated from the Department of Oil Painting of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, where he earned a Master’s degree. He Duoling is currently a member of the ChinaRealism Painting Group and teaches at the Sichuan Academy of Fine arts.

Though avant-garde artists have reigned over the Chinese contemporary art world since the Cultural Revolution, several of the country’s most renowned realist painters emerged during the 1980s. Known for his oil paintings of nude women and images of minorities in rural settings, He Duoling exemplifies this group of painters. Further, He enjoys eschewing mainstream trends across the contemporary art world. In 2007, he created ten oil paintings to be debuted at the China Blue Gallery in Beijing—while other artists created sequential paintings, He painted ten separate pictures.

Youth 2007

Youth 2007

In one of He’s most important works, “Youth 2007,” the figures in the painting face away from the audience, exposing only their bare backsides.
The image does not appear cartoonish or exaggerated, but nevertheless imprints a sense of ambiguity on the viewer. Some suggest this ambiguity is meant to expose the artist, himself, and his inner world. Despite the somewhat crude subject matter, the painting does not so much offend as offer a sense of happiness and freedom.

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