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Zhao Yang

Godlike Rage

ZHAO YANG, Godlike Rage No. 23, 2021, oil and acrylic on canvas, 84 × 104 cm. Courtesy the artist and ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai/Beijing/Singapore.

Zhao Yang’s earlier paintings tend to be populated by mysterious figures, alone or in couples, symmetrically arranged and portrayed as though viewed from afar. The subjects are mostly human, although sometimes mermaids and angels appear. Whatever the characters appear to be doing—dancing, ice-skating, playing music—there is always the sense that they have rich interior lives, that they are anticipating something.

In Zhao’s latest paintings, exhibited in “Godlike Rage”…

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