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Guest Contributor: Dr. Jacqueline Chao

This exhibition features a new artwork by international multidisciplinary artist Master Shen-Long that celebrates the power of all beings to create their universe. Towering 12 feet high and 66 feet long, golden dragons are shown roaming freely and joyfully in the universe; they reflect ourselves and the inherent creative power that can be found in each of us.

For over 50 years, Master Shen-Long, a contemporary master of the classical Chinese literati perfections of painting, poetry, and calligraphy, as well as seal-carving, has pioneered new approaches to painting that has made him one of the most innovative ink artists of this generation. At an early age, he was an artist disciple of the Han Yu Tang 寒玉堂 (the studio of Pu Ru, Aisin Gioro Pu Ru 愛新覺羅•溥儒, or Pu Xinyu 溥心畬), cousin of Aisin Gioro Pu Yi 愛新覺羅•溥儀, the last Emperor of China. In the early 1990s, he developed a new abstract ink method for paper and canvas, resulting in richly detailed reversible works that blur the line between painting and sculpture.

Influenced by his deep understanding of Buddhist, Daoist and Confucian philosophies, Master Shen-Long’s bold and experimental work challenges traditional assumptions about Chinese painting, and raises important concepts regarding mankind’s relationship with the universe. His artistic philosophy is grounded in three philosophical concepts found in Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism:  In Confucianism, the concept of “integration between Nature and Mankind”; in Daoism, the concept of “one is wholly in harmony with the way of nature”; and in Buddhism, the concept of “everyone can become Buddha, and through cultivation we can recover our wisdom ability and enlightenment power.”

Master Shen-Long’s boundary-crossing artwork showcases the best features of the Chinese literati three perfections, while innovating upon and reimagining the history of Chinese painting today and into the future.

To Infinity: The Art of Master Shen-Long is curated by Dr. Jacqueline Chao and presented by the Crow Collection of Asian Art and NorthPark Center. View the work on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Dillard's.