The paintings are characterised by vivid expressions and bold and vigorous outlines, constructed through a fusion of Eastern and Western artistic techniques.
Li Tianbing alludes to “the living dilemma” and the humanitarian crisis as his inspirations behind “URBAN SCENE.” His fascination with the forces of conflict and confrontation have fuelled this attempt at discussing what he refers to as the human’s living condition. Bing’s diverse cultural background and experiences have informed his understanding of global conflicts, from violence, wealth disparity and psychological imbalance in China, to immigration in Europe and the battle between multicultural political correctness and conservatism in the US.
Specifically, Bing refers to the “foul and evil-foreboding air” felt in China upon recent visits, brought about by the booming economy increasing the gap between the rich and the poor, causing psychological imbalance. This in effect, gives a voice in the discussion of conflict to those psychologically marginalised in society by ideologies of power and wealth. His exploration of marginalisation and loneliness is multifaceted; Bing explores the present through the urban series which expresses the actuality of conflict and confrontation, while the children’s series explores the loneliness of his childhood memory.
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(68 x 90 inches)