‘Self Direction No. 2’ 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.
‘Self Direction No. 2’ depicts the portrait of a space man, decked out in white suit and helmet. Within the glass of the helmet, Chengxiang has painted an infinite series of smaller helmets, like the endless reflections generated between two mirrors, while a multicoloured, striated background lends a distinctly psychedelic and dreamlike quality.
‘Self Direction No. 2’ 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.