Artworks by He Sen

Girl with Cigarette & Wine by He Sen

149 x 170 cm
Silkscreen on Canvas

Laid Back by He Sen

140 x 179 cm
Silkscreen on Canvas

He Sen

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. 

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