“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” ~ Jimmy Carter
In the present time of surfacing ecological crisis, environmental issues are increasingly addressed in contemporary art. With extreme climate changes which eventually lead to habitat loss, it is inevitable that global warming remains as one of the greatest challenges of our time.
Chinese contemporary artist Shen Shu Bin loves life and often ponders on the impacts of habitat loss. In his recent oil paintings, art and nature interweave to depict the vulnerability and fragility of our living environment. His works bring to our attention the diversity of the natural world and beckon us to commune with them. His thoughts on the current environmental issues faced by both humans and animals are reflected in his expressive sweeping strokes of paint.
Through this exhibition, the artist hopes to heighten social awareness on the importance of rectifying our consumption behaviour to build a sustainable environment. As we move forward, his artworks remind us that we are all part of this world and everyone has a role to play to make it a better place.
Born in the province of Shanxi in 1978, Shen Shu Bin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Shanxi University’s College of Fine Arts, and obtained a Master’s degree in Oil Painting from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. Currently teaching at the Art and Design Department of the Beijing Youth Politics College, his paintings have been exhibited in Beijing, Taiyuan, Shanghai, Berlin, and Singapore, as well as at the National Art Exhibition in 2002, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s speech at the Yan’an Forum on Literature and Art. One of his outstanding pieces won him the recognition of Tianjin’s Top Ten Outstanding Youths in Arts in 2005.
Exhibition: A Better World – Shen Shu Bin Solo Exhibition
Dates: 17 – 26 October 2014
Opening: 16 October 2014, 6.30 – 9.00 pm
Venue: HaKaren Art Gallery, 19 Tanglin Road #02-43, Tanglin Shopping Centre, Singapore 247909
Hours: Mon – Sat 10.30am – 6.30pm, Sun/PH 12pm – 6pm