Yang Shaobin (Chinese, b. 1963)
DimensionsPlate : 34 3/8 x 27 3/4 in. (87.31 x 70.49 cm)
Sheet : 3 ft. 11 1/2 in. x 32 1/2 in. (1.2 m x 82.55 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelBeijing-based artist Yang Shaobin first gained widespread recognition in the 1990s for his images of grotesquely contorted figures engaged in violent struggles. In the decades that followed the Chinese government’s brutal suppression of the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement, Yang’s expressionistic paintings and prints offered a poignant commentary on the repressive nature of China’s political system and social structures. This print depicts a grimacing man with his left fist raised as if to deliver a punch or perhaps to ward off a blow from an unseen opponent. The print’s predominantly reddish color palette is typical of Yang’s work and is meant to evoke a sense of passion, pain, and turmoil.