Once upon a time, and not so long ago, nearly every Chinese used
a porcelain mug. Now some are collectibles and they evoke "red
Painter Wang Chaobin paints these mugs on his canvases exhibited
at the recently opened Don Gallery. Some bear slogans, some the
name of a person's employer or work unit.
Wang's simple grayish mugs evoke some nostalgia for a simpler
era when material things were relatively scarce and, some say,
spiritual life was richer.
Born in Wuhan, Hubei Province, in 1965, Wang graduated in oil
painting from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts and now teaches
Ai Lin, born in Sichuan Province in 1970, also teaches at the
Hubei institute where he is a post-graduate student.
Ai's oil paintings depict all kinds of people of different ages,
nationalities and occupations. Each canvas is filled with portraits
of people in moments of joy, pain, confusion and rage. They are the
people we see every day.
Date: through February 12, 11am-5pm
Address: 1863 Huaihai Rd M., Shanghai
(Shanghai Daily February 2, 2008)