Steven Yang is a contemporary artist living in Portland. Steven received his BA in Painting from the University of Oregon in 1993. In addition to painting, Steven also works in sculpture, collage, film, and is also a music producer currently working on his debut album.
Steven’s current mixed media paintings are heavily influenced by Dunhuang Buddhist cave art from the Mogao Grottoes in NW China. With Dunhaung situated at the apex of the Silk Road, Dunhuang cave art is known to be an international style fusing Tibetan, Chinese, and Indian influences. It is this fusion of influence that lends itself towards even more influence.
Having lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest in recent years, Steven hopes to continue the innovation left behind by Mogao artists, by fusing this innovative art form with Pacific Northwest influences. His work is on display at the GreenSpot Tea House and Art Gallery until January 31.
From the Artist:
What is the purpose of art in the modern world? Is it for decoration? Is it expression therapy for artists? Is it for lavish displays of technique?
Art should always be a vehicle for stimulating creativity and awareness. The quality of being present or aware to the moment is the foundation of all meditation techniques, artistic expression, and great athletic performance.
Unfortunately most people are too far asleep or too busy to recognize the value of the present moment. This is why most people become so moved in times of crisis such as a near death experience, witnessing the birth of their own son or daughter, or becoming suddenly aware of every moment and every feeling while a loved one passes at the moment of death.
The great masters such as Lao Tzu and Buddha have always said that the cultivation of awareness is the key towards being centered, self-directed, and free in every aspect of our lives.
Whatever it takes to break us from our conditioned belief systems and sleepwalking is what is required for people to live a life that is attentive, mindful, conscious, and aware. Great artists such as Andy Warhol, Andy Goldsworthy, Marcel Duchamp, and Pablo Picasso have always reminded us that art can be a powerful vehicle for inflicting awareness.
The GreenSpot Tea House and Art Gallery is located at 3318 Bridgeport Way West, Suite B, University Place.