Yībān Yu Youhan First Solo Exhibition in Beijing
Yuan Space is pleased to present an exhibition of carefully selected paintings of the great Chinese painter Yu Youhan. Under the title “ 一斑 yībān” the exhibition is dedicated to giving a large overview of Yu Youhan’s various work periods. Early and late abstract works, such as landscapes, his famous political pop paintings and very early expressionist paintings will be presented in Yu’s first solo exhibition in Beijing.、
Yu Youhan is mostly known for his big format abstract paintings and humorous political pop. This exhibition is not only showing some of Yu’s most famous works, but also offering a unique possibility to see his early works which are not easy to come across in publications. Yuan Space is proud to present these mostly small paintings on paper, which have never been exhibited before.
The title一斑 yībān can be understood as starting from a small point, but directing straight towards a bigger structure, perhaps towards a vast spiritual world. As the pronunciation of 一斑 is the same than 一般, common and mundane. Yu’s modest, indifference to fame and self-deprecating nature, characterizes him not only as a person, but also as an artist
余友涵的作品画面经常出现小小的斑点和线条，这种极具艺术家个人色彩的艺术表现手法和语言，在其抽象作品中表现得尤为突出；看似毫无意义的斑点和线条, 其实蕴藏着无穷无尽的变化, 包含了深刻的精神内容。
About the artist
Yu Youhan was born in 1943 in Shanghai and studied art at the Central Academy of Art & Design in Beijing. After his graduation in 1973 he pursued his painting, which he never really abandoned. He was one among other Chinese Artist to be exhibited for the first time at the Venice Biennale in 1993. Yu has widely shown his work in many important art institutions in China and abroad, and has contributed a significant part to Chinas Art History. 一斑Yiban is Yu’s first retrospective show.
Yu Youhan’s sophisticated paintings are heavily saturated with his own language of form. Tiny specks and marks run throughout his entire work.