Han Wu Shen - Shen Han-Wu - 沈汉武
Nantung, China, 1950
An established Chinese artist, Shen Han Wu paints with oil in a realist style. He describes life in the Chinese countryside in a straightforward way, using fine clear brushwork, and subtle subdued colors. Underlying all his work is a belief in the simple sincerity of country people and a deep nostalgia for the peace and simplicity of country life.
Shen Han Wu graduated from the Hubei Fine Art Institute, majoring in oil painting.
He says of his work: ''If the unusual and the exceptional cause surprise and even shock, then I prefer the everday. Whenever I think of the coutryside, the mountain villages, streams and chimney-smoke, I think of those simple, kind people. They start work at sunrise and at sunset come home to rest. They work very hard and live side by side with nature; they are ordinary people but in their eyes you can see something which moves you.?''