The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Tag: The Fat Years

Toilet paper, keys, pills, and dice are just a few of the every day subjects that Chinese artist Chen Wenbo depicts in his larger than life, hyper-realistic paintings. Chen once explained that he is most interested "in the surface of things", something he explores in his exaggeration of small details. His subjects almost feel important in their massive scale, which allows us to appreciate details like their vibrant colors that would otherwise be overlooked. Most of Chen's works are irregularly shaped, distorted or fractured in a way that looks like broken glass. His latest body of work draws upon the theme of the "Fat Years", inspired by the Chinese dystopian thriller written by Chan Koonchung.

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