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REVIEW

  • Zoltan Alexander

nº41 / SHEN WEI / FLOWERS GALLERY / LONDON


Shen Wei's first solo exhibition in the UK at Flowers Gallery, London.






SHEN WEI'S EROTIC GARDEN

"Exhaustively tragic or breathtakingly joyful "

Shen Wei



 


Interview by Zoltan Alexander with artist Shen Wei


Note: If you are sensitive to nudity, please do not scroll down, there is plenty of it throughout the article.



 

Shen Wei at Flowers Gallery / © video by Zoltan Alexander ZOLTAN+MEDIA


Sensual bodies, erotic flowers, urban settings. That would give a rather accurate description of New York-based Chinese artist, Shen Wei’s work. His style is elusive, soothing and sensual. Blossoming trees, water, exotic flowers, unmade bed sheets are the perfect frames for Shen Wei's muscled body. He is well-known for his raw, intimate self-portraits in natural settings and portraits of others, as well as his brutally realistic images of contemporary China. In fact, he is one of the most prominent photographers of his generation.


Flowers Gallery in London brought together works from his series between 2009 to the present day, beautifully curated by Hannah Hughes, incorporating photography and moving image.