Sunrise in Monument Valley. The gradient light illuminates the intricate rock faces, as a lone cloud passes overhead. Shao says he was inspired by the solitude of southern Utah's red rock canyons. Part of an edition of acrylic and oil monotype prints, printed on Asian rice paper using a technique derived from ancient Chinese printmaking practices.
Even though this work is in an edition, each piece in the series is unique and worked by hand.
Art has been with Shao Yuan Zhang for the majority of his extraordinary, and at times difficult, life journey. Raised in communist China, Zhang was sent to the countryside as a teenager where he worked in the rice fields and created Cultural Revolution propaganda art for the communist party. He immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s to attend art school. His energetic paintings of racehorses juxtapose a contemporary painting concept with an oriental ink painting style. Through the combination of subject matter and technique, Zhang incorporates both the East and West in his Artwork.