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Nie Jian Bing
Venus - classical baroque portrait, chinese characters, oil on canvas

2008

$5,800

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Nie Jian Bing incorporates Chinese characters in the skilled close up recreation of the face of the goddess from Botticelli's 1486 painting The Birth of Venus. The portrait is overlaid with a grid and dotted with acupuncture points that correspond to “stomach 1” “bladder 1” and more in Chinese characters. The work is an intersection of East and West cultures as well as a visceral reminder of the physical subject of the painting who is no longer alive. Nie Jian Bing challenges our cultural ideas of East and West. In his work, Bing begins by recreating all or part of a well known painting by a master of western art history -- Velasquez, Rubens, Vermeer. Bing then superimposes an artist’s copy grid, acupuncture meridians and Chinese characters on the represented figure. Bing's paintings offer a twist on classic portraiture and art history. Trained in France, Nie Jian Bing divides his time between Montréal, Paris and China. His work is held in public and private collections in Canada and abroad. Framed dimensions are 33 x 33 inches.

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