We asked some of the most young aspiring artists in Shanghai to show off their best work and tell us their inspiration behind it. Here we showcase their pieces which demonstrate some serious talent.
Mayhem of Whats by Pearl Au-Yeung, Concordia International School Shanghai, Age 14
"I came to realize the reality of the cruel world around me — and it was heartbreaking…This piece aims to show the thoughts that have been swimming in my mind. The faces are warped to show pushing and pulling of dealing with the world”
I’m Surrounded by Ailin, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai, Age 14
“This piece represents how I sometimes protect myself, or hide my interests from others when they are looking at me. At first I wanted to depict a dark theme, but when I thought about the things I am interested in, I realized that it was incomplete to just show the darker side of myself"
Christmas Bike by Jay Ang, Dulwich College Shanghai Minhang, Age 11
“I wanted to put myself inside a Van Gogh painting. This is the bike I got for Christmas; I really like cycling”
Conflict by Chien Yu, Dulwich College Shanghai, Age 17
“[This piece] explores the effects of domestic abuse on a woman’s identity. The images of beauty in nature represent the woman’s identity and how abuse is slowly breaking her, letting her beauty flow out and away. I looked at it from a more mental aspect, specifically focusing upon the effects on identity.
Bon Appetite by Hsieh Li Fang, Melody, Shanghai Singapore International School, Age 18
“Nowadays, we have become careless in our lives and we value materialistic things more than our environment. The expression of the people in my painting was to show how careless we have become, some are smoking, chatting and using their phone. Their selfishness makes them not realize the dirty food and water on the dining table, representing pollution. I want to reinforce the idea of protecting our environment.”