Yang Maoyuan was born in 1966 and has become a highly-regarded artist in China as well as internationally. His diverse portfolio of experimentation in style across a variety of mediums shows similar themes in subject. Maoyuan describes his rounded and polished statues as “inseperable” from himself and his identity as an artist. Several of the copper busts bear the inscription, “Look Inside”, giving us context as to where our minds may wonder while contemplating these artworks. These statues are replicas of their ancient counterparts from Western culture with similar finishes aside from their extremely polished craniums. Yang Maoyuan attempts to blend ancient Western sculpture with his perception of ancient statues of the Orient. He claims that those of Greek and Roman origins bring great focus to the beauty of the subject in its immaculate attention to proportion and detail while a Buddha statue causes one to reflect their gaze back upon themselves in a form of introspection. Does he achieve what he set out to do? See his work below!
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