Portraiture artist Song Shen presents a series of fine art black velvet paintings
that evoke the mysterious beauty and exotic sensuality of classic lounge art from
the golden age of velvets. With inspiration from artists like Erwin, Tyree, Bouvier,
and Leeteg, Song Shen is attempting to bring back an appreciation for an art
form which has languished in mediocrity for nearly 50 years.
Postwar postcards and photos from the South Pacific are his reference material.
Years as a professional canvas artist have helped him develope his own unique
style. His paintings are for the serious collector who has an appreciation for the
mid-century romanticism that is at the heart of the nouveau Tiki Arts movement.
Song Shen, a painter for almost 20 years, lives in Changsha City in the Hunan
Province of China. He obtained his art degree from Hangzhou Art University,
taught for 2 years at Ludong University in Yantia, worked for a time at the Marc
Ecko Studio, and has been a freelance painter since 1998. Song Shen's
paintings have been installed in such well known establishments as The Conga
in Oakland, Forbidden Island
In Alemeda, Hula's
in Monterey and
Frankie's Tiki Room in Las Vegas
by notable designers like Bamboo Ben
Grandson of the famous tropical decore designer Eli Hedley.