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A fabric version of Van Gogh masterpiece

YOUNG artist Qi Xin has been honored for his fabric and oil version of the Van Gogh masterpiece "Enclosed Wheat Field with Peasant."

Qi won top prize at the 2011 Shanghai Young Artists Exhibition that featured works by 100 artists and is now having his first solo show in the city.

"I greatly appreciate those masterpieces in the art history, but it would be meaningless if I repeated them on my canvas," Qi says. "I want to find my own way to interpret them."

Qi was born in 1982 in Jining, Shandong Province, and graduated from the Shandong Art Academy in 2008.

Interpreting famous masterpieces may result in either cliches or jokes, so the task is difficult.

Qi uses fabrics, such as silk and cotton, that he shapes, arranges and attaches to his canvas, providing textures and new dimensions. Then he paints it in a vivid and realistic style.

Local critic Zhan Hao comments: "It seems that he is using mix-and-match in conjuring up the scene, like dressing in a pair of high-heeled shoes, jeans and an old peasant jacket, and carrying a snakeskin bag."

Van Gogh's golden wheat field is represented by fabrics in curved shapes painted in golden colors. He gently "counteracts" the masterpiece.

"I just want to remind viewers that the classics are already far away from us," the artist says. "In an age of information explosion, the artist should be sensitive in translating masterpieces."

Date: through December 30, 10am-5pm

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