An image of The open grasslands

SU Xinping

(Mongolia 1960 – )

The open grasslands

Other titles:
The Lonely Grasslands
Location
Not on display
Further information

By the beginning of the 1990s Chinese artists were confidently experimenting with the various options available through the adaptation of Western styles to Chinese idioms, as can be seen in this lithograph by Su Xinping. Surrealism and photo-realism have been absorbed into the artist's repertoire, resulting in this disturbing and enigmatic evocation of an unspecified place in remote Inner-Mongolia. While the four figures are precisely drawn and modelled, their actions remain cryptic and the sharp spotlight from the viewer's right (traditionally the East) creates an ambiguous stage-like setting. Su Xinping's formal training in the arts began in 1979 at the painting department of the Tianjin Institute of Fine Arts. He worked as an art teacher in Inner Mongolia before resuming his studies and graduating from the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts where he is now a lecturer.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 265.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: People's Republic 1949–
Year
1991
Media
Print
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
56.5 x 79.0 cm; 68.0 x 89.0 cm mount
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, pencil "Su Xing-Ping 1991".
Credit
Purchased 1992
Accession number
181.1992
Copyright
© SU Xinping