When gazing at an object, I see everything coming along.


—Tang Ke 

Tang Ke graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1994. His career in painting began in 2001. His earliest works concern urban culture and street crowds. Starting from 2004, Tang painted directly on transparent film made of PET plastic. Unlike conventional canvas, the film is more sensitive to light. It makes the pigment more diluted and the strokes clearer. His earliest film pieces portray animals, including macaws. Later on, he created a series of monumental landscapes on film. These works were shown at art institutions in and outside of China, including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Afterward, Tang created a number of works by attaching sheets of painted film to light boxes and by painting landscapes with oils.


In 2011, Tang began painting vegetables, focusing mainly on depicting wax gourds. From 2014 to 2017, Tang devoted himself to creating sketches, whereby the artist reconsidered issues including his visual language and the meaning of the painting. Involving intricate depictions of leaves and tree branches, these works let the artist gain a deeper understanding of the visual connections between different parts of a canvas.


Tang went back to painting wax gourds and other vegetables in 2018. He endows his depiction with lifelike features as well as an almost otherworldly outlook. Tang’s works echo how he described his cultivation and observation of wax gourds. “When gazing at an object, I see everything coming along,” he said. “After observing them [wax gourds] for some time, I approached them in a different way…they transcended the state of being merely plants.”


Tang’s works have been exhibited internationally at institutions including, ARKO Museum, Seoul, Korea (2012);Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA (2011);Foundation Louise Blouin, London, UK (2010);China National Convention Center, Beijing (2010);Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (2009).




1994 Sichuan Art Academy, Chongqing, China


Solo Exhibition


2018 Fruit, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, New York, USA
2009 RE-CREATE, ARARIO BEIJING, Beijing, China
  Macaws, Soobin art International Gallery, Singapore
2008 Repeat, J&Z Gallery, Shenzhen, China
2006 Beautiful Beautiful, Soobin Art International Gallery, Singapore
  Translucent, Shingling Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
2005 Beautiful Beautiful, Hanmo Gallery, Shanghai, China


Group Exhibition


The Magic of Zen, New York United Nations Header Headquarters, New York, USA
2018 Back up: Four People’s Exhibition, JING ART, Chengdu, China
2017 Winshare • The New: Walking with Hedu Ling, Winshare Art Museum, Chengdu, China
  The Unfading Green, Yan Jiyou, Chengdu, China
2014 Living in Chengdu, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2012 Floating Journey, ARKO Museum, Seoul, Korea
2011 Pure Views, East Chengdu Art Village, Chengdu, China
  Pure Views, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
2010 Pure Views, Fondation Louise Blouin, London, UK
  Reshaping History-China art from 2000 to 2009, China 
  National Convention Center, Beijing, China
  The Visible, re-C art space, Chengdu, China
2009 Evolution, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2007 Marking Time, doArt Beijing, Beijing, China
  A Different Attitude, Hushen Gallery, Shanghai, China
2005 Living in Chengdu, Soobin Art International Gallery, Singapore
2003 Indeterminacy new art - 2 Young Artists, Chengdu, China

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