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Warm, fuzzy art for grown-ups

ARTIST Tang Yunhui paints a watercolor animal kingdom inhabited by charming beasts, like a lonely little bear in pink boots, with human emotions that both children and adults can share.

Tang's solo exhibition runs through August 3 at the Ningbo Pavilion at the World Expo Shanghai.

Some viewers say Tang's paintings may lift life's burdens for a little while.

"I have seen too many white-color workers who are spiritually drained," Tang says. "After all, life is not all about money and fame."

The common characters are cute little cats, dogs, pigs, giraffes and other animals in a warm-hued setting.

Tang doesn't treat them as mere animals, but his emotional friends who need understanding and care.

"I try to infuse my little animals with human feelings," he says. "It might not be that deep with philosophical thoughts, but at least it touches the fragile part in the heart and enables us to temporarily avoid the pains and pressures in life."

Apart from his animal series, Tang also exhibits some abstracts.

Born in 1961 in Shanghai, Tang is a member of the Shanghai Artists Association.

Normally it is difficult for a painter to change style and subject matter, but Tang says he has decided to "go beyond my limits."

"Obviously these current dream paintings are not weighty enough to go deeper," he adds.

Tang's new work sometimes includes references to traditional ink-wash painting techniques, like splashes and implicative brush strokes.

"I don't know whether they will be accepted by the public and I am curious to see the response," he says. "After all, I have taken the first step. That's the charm of art - capricious and uncontrolled."

Date: through August 3, 9:30am-9pm

Venue: Ningbo Pavilion in Zone E


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