Text written by
Diane McMaster



Contemporary Chinese Art, and artists like Yang Jin Long, have entered into Western consciousness only during the last decade. Many artists from this movement received widespread international acclaim, after a series of international exhibitions that showcased their unique imagery and fresh beseeching spirits. These, mostly young, expressive and very talented artists comprise the myriad of voices that constitute the Contemporary Chinese Art Movement. They have received accolades for their articulation of a new "Chinese art culture", one which has been shaped by dramatically shifting political, economic, and social forces within Chinese society during the past few decades.

As documentor s of social transformation, these evocative and expressive artists convey surprisingly complex, yet stirringly original concepts that elicit a common vision - the vision of those effected by the 21st Century s immutable trajectory towards new social trends in consumerization, globalization, and the dilution of long held cultural values.

Through their works, these artists offer a scathing comment on society s shift to a "consumer culture". China, being the most populous nation in the world, is the one preeminent country with an unbroken cultural history that spans more than 2000 years; a continuum of social and political customs that are rapidly changing. As leaders of the new Chinese art movement, these artists explore that transition looking both to the past, and to the future for inspiration, while addressing issues of social and national identity that capture the viewer s imagination and transcend borders.

Western viewers, often unfamiliar with this new "Chinese Contemporary Art Movement" are apt to find within these compositions a profusion of arresting and evocative images of exceptional quality, ones that speak a highly universal language while addressing 21st Century concerns shared by an audience that is even larger than China itself.