As an artist living in Songzhuang for many years, Tang Jianying's painting seems not influenced by Song Zhuang art trends and schools. He deeply immerses himself into the past experiences and memories, with depression and captivity as the subject and main body of his paintings.
No matter big or small, his paintings are always in whole pieces of grey color, and of a simple and plain texture. Endless dust brings about endless desperation and desolation; out of the work sprouts the striking black abatis, confronting, harsh and ferocious; behind the abatis are the plain, expressionless, lifeless, imprisoned and depressed figures. Tang Jianying is cool and calm in the manipulation of paintings. He removes away the shocking cruel scene in which people used to be beat up and tortured, only presents every aspect of the bleakness and languishment in repeated inquiries and retrospections of people after continuous denudation of heart and wreck of body.
Tang Jianying is an artist emphasizing completely personal experience. Despite of the vicissitudes of life, he persists with exploitation into the bottom of memory, concentrates and enlarges the point of pain by the remorseless recall of the past.
Almost all of the trends and schools of Chinese contemporary art are centralizing in Song Zhuang. However, Tang Jianying is honest to his innermost fellings in his art creation. Not Cynical, not Raffish, even not Pop, he is just indifferently on his own way without any disturbance, even if the way is full of frustrations, even if it is a long way.
Russian writer Chekhov created a man who is complacent and conservative by his exaggerative and sarcastic style; Austrian novelist，pioneer of modern literature, Kafka's The Metamorphosis presents the twisty human-insect state of people under the pressure of outside world; and we dare say that Tang Jianying complete the creation of man in net or cage by his grey color, heavy black abatis, and plain figure. No one is not in the net, no one is not in the cage, no one is not in the prison. Some are in corporeal net, some in immaterial net...
In fact, Tang Jianying is not turning a blind eye to the reality, but continuously comparing secretly the reality with memory. We would rather say that Tang Jianying loses his mind in the sad and impressive memory than that his heart is still fluttering with fear facing the helpless and cruel reality. For what the memory is, so is the reality.
Born in Hebei Province, China
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Tang Jianying Solo Exhibition, 314 Gallery, Bergen, Norway
Art Exhibition of Tangjianying, Today Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Art Exhibition of Tang Jian Ying, Shijiazhuang No.1 Cultural Center, Hebei, China
Selected Group Exhibitions
SH Contemporary Art Fair 2011, by Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Documental Exhibition of Black and White Realism, Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
Songzhuang Art Festival, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China
Sick Chinese•Realism of Black and white, 798, Beijing, China
Red and Black, Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Freedom, SoemoFineArts, Beijing, China
Human World And World Signs, Contemporary Arts Exhibition of China, shanghai, China
Power and Pose•Invitation Exhibition of International Contemporary Arts, Beijing, China
Emotion and Situation of China•Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary Arts, Beijing, China
Ongoing Songzhuang•The 4th Songzhuang Culture And Art Festival, Sogzhuang Art District, Beijing, China
Annual International Art Exhibition, Sunshine Art Museum, Beijing, China
Turning Point•New Realism Art, Beijing, China
Songzhuang Genaration, Chan Gallery, Beijing, China
Black & White Standpoint Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
Black and White Realism Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
Made in Songzhuang•Songzhuang Artists Recommened Exhibition, Beijing, China
2007 Arts Beijing, Agriculture Exhibition Museum, Beijing, China
Songzhuang Artists Recommened Exhibition, Sunshine Art Museum, Beijing, China
Coming From Songzhuang, Kerseboom Gallery, Holland
Kunstai-2006 Art Fair, Amsterdam, Holland.
White﹠Black•New Trend-A Group Show of Four Artists, Beijing, China
Wonderful Ten Years of Songzhuang•Art Exhibition of Invited Artists, Beijing, China
Beijing International Art Fair, Beijing, China
Guangzhou International Art Fair, Guangdong, China.
The first Group Exhibition of Young Artists, Today Art Museum,Beijing, China
Songzhuang Artists Group Exhibition, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
Exhibition of One Hundred Contemporary Artists, Beijing, China
Countryside Production•Works of Songzhuang Contemporary Artists, Beijing,China
Congcong Art Exhibition, No.1 CuturalCenter, Shijiazhang hebei, china
Hebei Watercolor Exhibtion, Hebei People's Art Center, Shijiazhuamg, Hebei, China