From Comics to Paintings



24 July 2018, Beijing — The third dual exhibition of Yan Cong and Wen Ling, From Comics to Paintings, will take place in Star Gallery from 28 July to 14 September 2018, preceded by Great Heat in 2011 and Vernal Equinox in 2014.


Comics have existed as a type of drawing for a long time. Many an artist, past and present, at home and abroad, has been closely involved with this art form in their painting. In today’s China, however, comics are having a rather tense if not hostile relationship with paintings, especially those labeled as the “high art”. This situation has something to do with the overall explosion of “indie painting” in China over the past several years. What kind of comics would become a positive element in the transformation of contemporary painting? How would an artist get inspired by comics during the process? Yan Cong and Wen Ling will answer these questions in regard to the subject — “From Comics to Paintings” — with their latest canvases of the past three years.