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Life-long rebel who found an artistic cause (2)

By Wang Jie (Shanghai Daily)

09:30, May 07, 2012

But he didn't.

Instead, he attempted to take traditional ink-wash painting and add a modern touch.

"I borrowed some Western techniques, like arrangement and colors," he reveals. "But the result was not satisfactory - it was too simple and shallow."

Shi read many art books and related materials in search of the answer and merged Western impressionism, abstract and realistic styles in his brushstrokes.

In this way, ink-wash strokes run parallel, overlap and blend with some striking oil hues.

Unlike his peers, Shi goes to few exhibitions, except for those by unknown young artists, who he calls "the hope of the future."

"Sometimes they are maybe not mature or even on the wrong path, but they still have time to grow," he explains.

But time is not something Shi is prepared to waste.

"Da Vinci wanted to leave 180 masterpieces to the world after his death. But he only left about seven. I am not Da Vinci, so I need more time to produce my masterpieces," he says.

Shi will hold a solo exhibition at Louvre Museum later this year on invitation by French arts association, the first of its sort for a Chinese artist.

Date: Through May 13, 9am-5pm

Address: 325 Nanjing Rd W.

Tel: 6327-2829

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