The southern cross: Cen Long, His world of Art

來源|Venezia News、撰文|Metra LIN



Cen Long,The Lost Lamb,Oil on Canvas,80x100cm,2016。

The southern cross is a star that shines eternally in Cen Long's heart. It is small, but nonetheless a bright and magical star; it brings him luck and illuminates his soul in a way that it becomes his muse and guides him on the path of art.

Cen Long's art is the hybrid of a solemn classicism and a restrained expressionism; He often uses minority groups, fishermen, and farmers and even personified animals to project the utopia of his imagination; he hopes that his artwork can become the southern cross for people in one's modern world of sound and fury; to betoken hope and courage and sooth the weary hearts.

Yet, Cen Long's paintings are not portraits of sinners that struggle to elevate from the sufferings, they are pictures of ordinary people working their normal lives. Thus, the subject 'purgatory is gifted with a living quality of the present, and this religious topic becomes relatable and approachable.

"The Southern Cross"exhibits seven impressive artworks that convey the artist's humanistic concern and reverence to the world and its creations; they demonstrate that true love is borderless, and when touching the heart with emotion, it presents the spiritual power paintings ought to provide.

Cen Long,The Lost Lamb,Oil on Canvas,80x100cm,2016。

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"The Lost Lamb' portrays something beyond his consistent style and content; it is a metaphor for the relation between humanity and its religion. The picture shows a peasant woman guiding the playful lamb back home. It implies the holy power of god to the heart of men. The details on the light and shadows sublime the ordinary into the extraordi-nary, into the touching and divine.

Cen Long considers painting as his way to experience life and to demonstrate emotions, he has said,

"The characters I paint are all people in a trial, like the vast mortals in Dante's Purgatory that are working to cleanse their soul."