Meishan Pan creates striking, large scale paintings of the human face and body. I was fortunate enough to view her work as it was being installed at Artspace Patchogue earlier this month. Her powerful works have an immediate and strong presence in the gallery. The paintings are left raw and unapologetically unframed. Using a limited palette of black, white, and grays, human faces become the main focus of her paintings. The facial expressions she chooses to portray run the gamut from tranquility all the way to pain and anguish.
Allowing room for drips and splatters, Pan says her paintings are inspired by her memories. She works from photos that she takes herself. She will have two paintings at Artspace Unplugged. One is of a woman’s face from her series entitled “Because of You.” The figure’s eyes meet our gaze and create a confrontational, yet elusive effect. She describes the series as being about: “different emotions human beings face nowadays. Because people come into our life and cause us to be happy, frustrated, depressed and many emotions.” She will also be showcasing a painting of an elderly man; she is fascinated by the narrative written across his face. She says: “I personally like to draw old faces because of the attractions behind those faces. The lines and wrinkles left on their faces tell stories they have experienced in their life, it is a celebration of life.”
Pan learned to draw in China, where she was born and raised. Her paintings are beyond portraits, capturing remarkable emotions and energetic mark-making. Her work must be seen in person to be fully appreciated for their painterly quality and large scale magnitude.
Join us for Artspace Unplugged on August 9th at Artspace Patchogue. SPARKBOOM™ will be featuring over 40 artists and 4 live musical acts, delicious Craft Beer courtesy of Saint James Brewery and tasty Food courtesy of Mia’s River Avenue Deli. It is a free event open to all! RSVP here via Facebook.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Caitlyn Shea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.