American sculptor influenced by 30 years in China

By Yan Dongjie(chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2016-03-12 13:19:02

Krause shows his bronze sculpture of a dragon at his solo exhibition in the US Embassy in Beijing, which opened on March 4. "I'm the dragon, strong and energetic," said Krause, adding that he likes dragons, as part of Chinese culture. [Photo by Yan Dongjie/China Daily]

American artist Daniel Krause has been living in China since 1987. He witnessed China's development over the past nearly 30 years. In his studio near the 798 Arts District in Beijing, Krause likes to enjoy Chinese tea while creating art.

Krause has been making the series China on the Move, in which bronze sculptures portray people who can't stop dancing. He said he was inspired by the happiness people have experienced since the 1980s in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, due to the economic benefits Reform and Opening up brought. [Photo by Yan Dongjie/China Daily]

The Terracotta Warriors have greatly influenced Krause. He considers them as one of the most artistically influential historical works in the world. "I put them disordered in my works, to show the fact that historical art can be understood differently by different people in modern society," Krause said. [Photo by Yan Dongjie/China Daily]

The Terracotta Warriors have greatly influenced Krause. He considers them as one of the most artistically influential historical works in the world. "I put them disordered in my works, to show the fact that historical art can be understood differently by different people in modern society," Krause said. [Photo by Yan Dongjie/China Daily]

Krause lived in Guangdong province for nearly 20 years, during which time he visited many temples and recreated, within his own understanding, soldier and Buddha sculptures in ancient Chinese temples. [Photo by Yan Dongjie/China Daily]

Krause lived in Guangdong province for nearly 20 years, during which time he visited many temples and recreated, within his own understanding, sculptures inspired by Buddhism. [Photo by Yan Dongjie/China Daily]

Recently, Krause has been painting clay sculptures of Chinese leader Mao Zedong. He says new meanings for Mao's theories can be found in modern times.  [Photo by Yan Dongjie/China Daily]

Krause says that it takes months to finish a bronze sculpture piece. [Photo by Yan Dongjie/China Daily]

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