‘Journey in the Clouds No. 8’ is a Giclée Print by contemporary artist Shang Chengxiang. Printed onto 308gsm Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth Paper, the print is from a limited edition of 50 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Shang Chengxiang is a contemporary fine artist, living and working in his home city of Shengyang, China. Chengxiang’s work draws on early surrealist movements, evoking the strange, unsettling imagery of Dali or Magritte, but brought up to date with incredible, high definition colour palettes, where billowing clouds of multicoloured pigment ooze across bizarre dreamscapes.
‘Journey in the Clouds No. 8’ depicts a rocky, lunar landscape, as a tiny spaceman, barley visible, steps weightless across the horizon. In the centre of the print, an explosion has gone off, as a gust of vapour spurts from the ground in Chengxiang’s characteristic cloud, laced with veinlike strands of bright colour, for brilliant juxtaposition against the otherwise monochrome landscape.
‘Journey in the Clouds No. 8’ is about pure, visual power: Chengxiang doesn’t ask his viewers to read his panting or to make logical conclusions, but to revel in the strangeness of the unconscious and creative mind.