Yang Shaobin, oil painting, 2001
The paintings of Yang Shaobin are socially engaged. His characters show painful grimaces, tormented bodies and emphasize the red colour as bloody sorrow. This Chinese dissident, who opposed the abuse of power of the ‘uniforms’, broke through worldwide with his ‘Red Violence’ paintings. His oeuvre arose from his critical thinking about the social order in his country. Shaobin wants to make the viewer aware of the oppression and brutality that the people experience by painterly highlighting emotional confrontations. Both the drama in his work and the stylistic character evoke a connection with the message that Francis Bacon’s work conveys.
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