Four Season AL MarYah
24TH and 25TH JANUARY 2018

Yan Bo

Yan Bo, Untitled, 2014
Yan Bo, Untitled, 2015
Yan Bo, Untitled, 2013
Yan Bo, Untitled, 2014副本
Yan Bo, Untitled, 2014副本


Yan Bo, he was born into an artistic family in Beijing in 1970. His father is an oil painter and his mother is an art tutor. He studied at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in Tianjin (1996) and The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (2002) respectively. Currently lives and works in Beijing. In recent years, his works have been showcased in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, etc. He attained Untitled-Yan Bo Solo Exhibition at Hong Kun Museum, Beijing in 2017;Momentary Lapse at Leo Gallery, Hong Kong in 2017; Refreshed Illusion-Yan Bo Solo Exhibition at Yang Museum, Beijing in 2016; The Colors of My Life at Heng Art Land, Singapore in 2002; Yan Bo's Oil Paintings at J.P. Art Centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2006 etc. As a representative of mid-aged Chinese artists, works by Yan Bo reveal a harmonious coexistence of abstract shapes and colors. By utilizing mineral materials on his paintings, a kind of “physical property” appears in his works. Leo Gallery dedicates to present an undiscovered creative experience to audiences, which deconstructs and reestablishes images in a sense of modern visual culture, as well as, encourages the viewers to further explore the freedom within the independence of materialistic lifestyle. Seeking unique materials in his art forms, Yan Bo distances himself from the boundary of rectangular or square canvas and creates works in irregular shape. Drawing mixed materials into painting practice, the colors and other materials pile up and get polished; the overlapped mineral material displays a history of each work and the passage of time coheres as the thickness of the painting. Ultimately, the work Yan Bo accomplishes turn into solid objects with a strong vitality. Stemming from the aesthetics of objects in traditional Chinese culture, Yan Bo’s work is a spiritual being with tactility, and the profoundness of objects would lead viewers travel from the visual experience to the tactile experience. His works set a speculation for the “special objects” in the mixed area of paintings and objects. Within the “special objects”, he establishes a “logical de-familiarization” which is a logic of strange context and unique technical support; so that the works are openly formed in irregular shape and full of exquisite texture and charms of trace; and reveal the spirit of tangibility and freedom. As Yan Bo mentions, “What I did is piling up the momentary lapses. A small existence is formed through the coincidence of logic.” The power and the exquisite technique unfold the artist’s courageous breakthrough, in the mean time, showing audiences an unprecedented enjoyment of aesthetic appreciation.

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