Yang Jiechang graduated from the Chinese Paintings Department at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1982. He spent time studying Taoism under the Taoist master Huangtao, which has had a profound influence on his work. Yang’s international recognition came with his participation in the exhibition "Les Magiciens de la Terre" at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and “China Avant-Garde” at the National Art Museum of Art, Beijing. Following the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou he moved to Paris and continues to live in Europe today.
Yang Jiechang is proud to be Cantonese, and this identity is often expressed in his works. Yang has gone through many distinct phases in his artistic development, from the early abstract ink works where he associated the repetitive practice of layering ink to meditation, to the more recent series Stranger than Paradise. This series is bold, expressive and provocative, and displays Yang’s interpretation of a world in which nothing conforms to tradition and the imagined normality. Despite the contemporary themes in Yang’s works, his technique confirms his roots and strong foundation in classical Chinese ink painting.
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