Cao Dan work epitomises and celebrates the modern day woman through medium, colour, shape and form. Each of his works are a collage of bright colours taking the shape of either a female foot and stylish shoe or part of a female figure. His work combines the two mediums fine art and photography. By combining these mediums Dan achieves colourful compositions which in one regard capture something similar to a heat sensitive snap-shot; but still are kept within the boundaries of fine art.
This style effectively demonstrates the subject matter for Cao Dan's art. An elegant foot with high heel or a face of an attractive, anonymous woman are obvious symbols of femininity in an alluring and desirable sense. One could suggest that the 'heat sensitive' snap-shot quality of his work is an indication towards heated temperatures reached when experiencing a state of lustful desire. With this in mind, it is no wonder why these paintings are entitled 'Gorgeous Ladies'.
In the above painting Dan's choice of flat stylistic colour results in a composition demonstrating balance in coloured layers and levels. With central focus given to the black decorative brace of the shoe, a pale grey colour is chosen for the toe cover of the shoe. This for example, creates an unusal effect between prespective and the 3 dimensional. This effect can also be clearly seen in the relationship between the background colours pink and green.
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