Artworks by He Sen

Wind and Buddha by He Sen

250 x 200cm
oil on canvas

Deer under the Pine Trees by He Sen

200 x 250cm
oil on canvas

Enjoying the Waterfall by He Sen

100 x 150cm
(100 x 100cm & 60 x 50cm)
oil on canvas

The boat in the snow river by He Sen

100 x 150cm
(100 x 100cm & 50 x 60cm)
oil on canvas

Birds and Landscape by He Sen

100 x 150cm
(100 x 100cm & 50 x 60cm)
oil on canvas

Stone and Bamboo by He Sen

70 x 50cm
oil on canvas

Willow and Fisher by He Sen

100 x 80cm
oil on canvas

Plum Blossoms by He Sen

300 x 200cm
oil on canvas

Huaguo Mountain by He Sen

130 x 150cm
oil on canvas

A lone tree in the landscape by He Sen

120 x 150cm
oil on canvas

Calm and Content Eagle by He Sen

120 x 150cm
oil on canvas

Rising Clouds by He Sen

80 x 80cm
Oil on canvas

Fog in Countryside by He Sen

80 x 80cm
oil on canvas

Two Pine Trees by He Sen

100 x 80cm
oil on canvas

Bamboo no.3 by He Sen

150 x 150cm
oil on canvas

Smoking Lady no.4 by He Sen

250 x 200cm
oil on canvas

Smoking Lady no.3 by He Sen

250 x 200cm
oil on canvas

Smoking Lady no.2 by He Sen

250 x 200cm
oil on canvas

Smoking Lady no.1 by He Sen

300 x 250cm
oil on canvas

In the Mountain no.2 by He Sen

250 x 400cm
Oil on Canvas

Pray to the Moon by He Sen

150 x 150cm
Oil on Canvas

Sea and Mountain by He Sen

130 x 150cm
Oil on Canvas

In the Mountain no.1 by He Sen

200 x 400cm
Oil on Canvas

Unpeopled Scenery by He Sen

130 x 150cm
Oil on Canvas

Wind of Bridge by He Sen

150 x 150cm
Oil on Canvas

Snowing Landscape by He Sen

150 x 150cm
Oil on Canvas

Lotus by He Sen

350 x 210cm
Oil on Canvas

The Boat by He Sen

120 x 150cm
Oil on Canvas

Chinese Landscape by He Sen

300 x 200 cm
Oil on Canvas

Bamboo no.2 by He Sen

100 x 80 cm
Oil on Canvas

Fan no.2 by He Sen

150 x 300 cm
Oil on Canvas

Bamboo Plants by He Sen

400 x 200 cm
Oil on Canvas

Waves by He Sen

200 x 250 cm
Oil on Canvas

Grass by He Sen

250 x 200 cm
Oil on Canvas

Slient Scenery by He Sen

400 x 600 cm
Oil on Canvas

Bamboo no.1 by He Sen

300 x 100 cm
Oil on Canvas

Landscape by He Sen

200 x 250 m
Oil on Canvas

Fan no.1 by He Sen

250 x 500 cm
Oil on Canvas

Scenery by He Sen

100 x 80 cm
Oil on Canvas

He Sen

何森
Born in Yunnan Province in 1968.
He Sen graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Dept. of Art Education in 1989.
 

For more than a decade He Sen has created provocative and large-scale works that portray youth struggling in China’s fast-changing modern society. Mostly depicting women smoking in their homes, these youths are presented in seductive underwear and poses, in contrast to their bodies & facial expressions, which are ashen grey and lacklustre. These blurred photorealistic images explore how China’s youths were seduced by the growing influences of westernisation and globalisation, as well as the artist’s pessimistic outlook on this generation. His later series continue to investigate the complex identities of these young people with the addition of stuffed animals juxtaposed with sexually charged poses of self-conscious looking girls  further highlighting the uneasy transition from childhood to adulthood. Instead of blurring their facial expressions as he did in his earlier series, He Sen chose to render their bored, melancholic mood or occasional vacant smiling expressions in striking details. 

他的近作借用了宋明清三代绘画中的著名图像。他在作品中思考了一部分为人熟悉的古代水墨画,以不同的画风与组织形式予以回顾。这些作品多数规模很大,包含各自独立的部分,将对于时间的不同感知层层叠加。何森打断了旧有画面,通过不同的风格与技法赋以形式。它们全都是布面油画,但是实现方式各有不同:有些接近于传统的作于宣纸上的水墨画;有的色彩不那么稀释,而使线条深深刻印在材料中;有的运用了很厚的油彩,其表面予人仿似手工成形的雕塑感。第一种风格令人想起中国传统,第二种则勾起西洋的记忆,由此,何森强调了文化间的反差。

何森的这些近作亦可诠释为记忆的种种历程,记忆的模糊图景属于这样一种现象:我们会在记忆中把一些形象保存得格外清晰,一些相当迷蒙,一些则完全忘却。富于层次颜色代表着某种沉重迟慢,可从记忆历程的角度审视之。借助于悠久的中国文化的证据,对记忆的历程作出反思。

另一个诠释的出发点是观照事物的不同角度。也就是说,藉由他不同的表现手法,艺术家对作品的历史视野作了一定的批判。那种厚重油彩层层堆积而成的模糊图像,是否揭示出对于中国过往多个世纪高雅文化的无知?就某个角度而言,他的作品令人联想到杨福东电影中设置的场景——将老的、传统的设定与当代环境结合。然而何森将这些场景全部放进一个画面里,从纸本水墨的表象,到当代绘画方法,不一而足。

何森在他的作品中总是处于观者的位置。因此,他并不代表挣扎的画家——那种凭借绘画语言转化自己的情感,随即掩埋足迹,然后带走其主观并从图画中消失的人。他不是留下了作品,让大家从中发现契合于自身的情境吗?何森似乎从不居于自己的作品中,从未离开自己的局外位置,这一切是通过创造某个事物的完美形象而做到的。

考量他近年乃至早期的作品,永远有某种讯息向观者传递,但是那样东西多少是经过转化的和客观的。似乎从来不能在作品中找到艺术家的个人的端倪。

何森的绘画是关于绘画的,但他的作品并不理论化,也不是“教育性”的。它们从另类的角度去开拓观照事物的视野,以叫人回顾反思的图像来面对观者,正如艺术家本人也在对这些图像作出反思。

Museum & Public Collections
  • National Art Museum of China GuangDong Museum of Art ShenZhen Museum of Art ShangHai Art Museum DongYu Museum of Art
  • HJY Art Center
  • ChengDu Contemporary Art Museum HuaRen Contemporary Museum TanGuoBin Contemporary Art Museum Deutsche Bank
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio Standard Chartered Bank
  • BSI.Swiss and Italian Bank