Yen Ding-Sheng’s works typically feature quiet and dusky spaces in states between dynamic and static. These sorts of tranquil and muted spaces and a feeling of slow flowing, express Yen Ding-Sheng’s introspection, outlook, and return to self, and experience nature’s rhythms in the moment with his art.
Yen Ding-Sheng’s art began with calligraphic lines in space as the cultural symbolism of the matchup between Eastern and Western painting. Subsequently, upon gaining awareness of contradictions in his creative thinking, Yen turned his focus to people, attempting to express his personal sense of place, culture, and memory through his art. Accordingly, having come from a family of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and run a traditional Chinese medicine dispensary himself, Yen began incorporating Chinese herbs as both symbols and media into his paintings, successfully melding his life experience into a local modern literati painting vernacular of his own.