Who is Huáng Shèn?

By Gwylym Owen

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Huang Shen (1687–1772) was a Chinese painter during the Qing Dynasty. Huang was born in Ninghua, Fujian province, to a destitute family. His courtesy names were Gongshou (恭壽) and Gongmao (恭懋). His also called was Yingpiaozi (癭瓢子).

He began his training under the painter Shangguan Zhou (上官周). In the earliest share of his career he excelled at cursive calligraphy and favored a meticulous style modelled after Ni Zan. He became augmented known as an artistic innovator who was one of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou. When it came to paintings of people he favored images of religious, historic, and common people. His more well-known works include The Drunk Monk and Shepherd Su Wu.

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