Ma Bing: Drifting Serenely at Eli Klein Fine Art NYC

Eli Klein Fine Art is proud to present the first solo exhibition in New York of Ma Bing, whose masterful paintings provide striking and nostalgic views of Beijing.
In Ma Bing’s new works, a fresh approach to painting is presented by the layering of various media - including oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, and tea - on the surface of the canvas. The interplay between subtle shifts in tone and refined line drawing that permeate the work are reminiscent of traditional Chinese ink and wash paintings. He integrates this classic Chinese style with Western oil painting.
Ma Bing’s diverse array of subjects, all painted in his distinctive style, present the artist’s fond recollections of Beijing. He is deeply inspired by the traditional architecture which he encounters throughout the city. Providing more than just depictions of the city, Ma Bing’s paintings imbue their subjects with sensuality. Through his skillful rendering, subdued palate, and sensitivity to landscape, Ma Bing invokes the memories of those places he frequents and makes the city come to life.

Ma Bing: Snowing in the Meridian Gate, Oil on Canvas, 2009
The tumultuous era of China’s Cultural Revolution has been replaced with a new age of rapid industrialization resulting in a stark change in the city’s architecture. Rather than focus on these profound changes, Ma Bing omits the crowded thoroughfares of contemporary Beijing to focus attention on those ancient details of the city-- stone lions, stone bridges, and arched gateways. Ma Bing often invites women and cats into the world he creates on canvas, endowing them with metaphorical meaning.
Ma Bing was born 1962 in Hebei Province, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Over the past six years, Ma Bing has lived in both New York and Beijing. His art has been exhibited numerous times in the museums of Beijing including the National Art Museum of China, the Today Art Museum, and the China Military Museum. The exhibition will be on view at Eli Klein Fine Art from December 17, 2009 through January 30, 2010.

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