Wang Guangle (* 1976) creates paintings that convey a radiating sense of spirituality through a balance of elements that suggest timelessness and contemporaneity. The passing of time is a theme underlying much of his work, and his canvases also serve the function of a personal archive. Two of his recent series are Terrazzo and Coffin Paint. In the first Wang's striking abstract paintings are based on a unique motif: detailed and meticulously rendered terrazzo floors in a varying array of colors. These images take weeks to develop, and the results readily recall the Color Field Painting of Abstract Expressionism. The Coffin Paint series is inspired by a tradition originating from his native region of Fujian, where it was once customary for sixty-year-olds to buy their own casket and subsequently cover it with a new layer of Chinese lacquer once a year-in a joyous celebration of longevity. The artist uses a related technique to develop paintings of an almost sculptural nature that convey immense spatial depth.
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