Hsin-Lin Chiao

Children of Light, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 15 in
SKU: 12730c
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'Children of Light' is an original acrylic painting by the Chinese-American artist Hsin-Lin Chiao. As in her other canvases, Hsin-Lin here uses abstraction to represent abstract concepts around spirituality and faith. The composition presents a field of tumultuous red constructed of small circles and polka dots. Above a rhapsodic sea of undulating lines, a series of white dots sweep upward between two circles and into a sphere of deep blues and greens. Read literally, perhaps these dots could be interpreted as the souls of the saved being harrowed from hell or being swept away from the earthly plane. Such a literal interpretation, however, is probably a misguided attempt by the viewer to grant narrative structure to an otherwise abstract image. It is nonetheless clear that Hsin-Lin adores the use of pattern, repetition, and the form of the circle. Her impulse to use the circle as a symbol of spiritual ideas not only ties into the rich history of Chinese art, but also reflects the impulses of modern masters like Kazimir Malevich. Malevich, known for his Suprematist compositions that pushed the limitations of painting, often used pure forms like squares and crosses to reference the perfect and unknowable form of God. Hsin-Lin does much the same.

Acrylic on canvas
30 x 15 inches, canvas
32.13 x 17.13 inches, frame
Signed and dated "Hsin-Lin 12-2020" center right.
Signature stamp on reverse.

Presented in a gold and matte black finish modern profile wood moulding.