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    PEKING ART ASSOCIATES SUPPORTS THE HURUN ART FOUNDATION INAUGURAL UK EXHIBITION

    In a circle of artists sharing a wealth of experience, from artistic training grounds, to academic posts, friendships and beyond, the bonds of connection and the transfer of ideas leave indelible marks. CIRCLE LINES, the inaugural London exhibition of artists supported by The Hurun Art Foundation at The China Exchange brings together a group of artists who have such shared experience and now, from mature or semi-mature standpoints in their careers, reflect on their own artists’ circle and the ‘full circle’ Chinese contemporary art has entered...

    JIANG SHAN CHUN PRESENTED AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

    Peking Art Associates was delighted to unveil two portraits by our artist Jiang Shan Chun at a special exhibit on June 5th 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as part of the ongoing cultural events to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in "Strong UN, Better World". Televised on UN TV and before a group of UN ambassadors and dignitaries, Jiang's pair of oil paintings featuring a Tibetan Girl and a Tibetan Boy he painted from live sketches created during a six month visit to Xinjiang and the Tibetan plateau, sponsored by the Chinese government, were the featured highlight of this chapter of the exhibitions. Prior UN art exhibitions this year have included renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing, African artist El Anatsui, and upcoming exhibitions include the unveiling of a sculpture composed of 193 stones from each of the 193 Member States of the UN by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.

    CHI MING SELECTED FOR SOLO EXHIBITION AT THE MINSHENG BANK MUSEUM, SHANGHAI

    Peking Art Associates congratulates Chi Ming on the occasion of his 2014 solo exhibition at the Minsheng Bank Museum in Shanghai. This follows the solo exhibition of Chi Ming's former professor, acclaimed figurative painter Liu Xiaodong, at the Minsheng Museum in the summer of 2014. As publicised by The Minsheng Bank Museum:- "Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum will hold the second phase of Young-Artist Project “Circumstance and Attitude”: YOUTH NOTES. 26 painting works done between 2013 and 2014 by the artist Chi Ming will be exhibited from 28th September to 28th October in the museum. As the old saying goes “a son inherits his father”, art... is of... exception. As a child brought up by two consecutive generations who embarked on art as a career, it is by no means a surprise for Chi Ming to step into art with such a resourceful cultivation. Compared to his grandparents and parents, Chi is the very fortunate one who can dive into and enjoy the freedom of art. All those uninhibited natures of him is thus being released yet facilitated fully through his highly expressive oil paintings.

    ROSEWOOD BEIJING – THE WORLD’S LARGEST INSTALLATION BASED ON INK WASH AND PAINTING

    Based upon artist Li Yongfei's original art work in his interpretation of the historic legend of the 'Shan Hai Jing', Rosewood Beijing's Ballroom Atrium Art Work is understood to be the world's largest installation in ink, in both 'shui mo' ink wash and 'gong bi' fine hairline brush. Across one hundred and forty-three square meters and hung over seven storeys, it combines Li Yongfei's fine 'gong bi' hairline brush work of this "Survey of the Mountains and the Oceans" and the 'shui mo' ink wash of his recent abstract works. We encourage you to visit this remarkable installation to view it in its entirety and close-up and from each of the second to sixth floors of the Podiumto fully appreciate this installation in all its splendour.

    PAA OFFICIALLY PRESENTS THE NAMOC DIRECTOR TO THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND

    Peking Art Associates' Emily de Wolfe Pettit was proud to arrange the introduction of President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina to the Director of the National art museum of China (NAMOC), Wu Weishan, at a private meeting on the occasion of the Irish President's State visit to China. Earlier in the evening, Ms de Wolfe Pettit was delighted to introduce Director Wu to Ireland's Ambassador to China, Mr Paul Kavanagh, and his wife, Rosemary Kavanagh. Director Wu Weishan presented the President with one of his own bronze sculptures of an important series of his works that depict Laozi, the ancient Chinese philosopher and the 'father' of Taoism. When asked by the President, Wu Weishan explained that the negative space of the sculpture, under Lao-ze's cloak which is inscribed with Taoist annals, was intended to represent the humility of the great philosopher which he said was "as large as a valley".

    FIDELITY INVITE EMILY DE WOLFE PETTIT TO SPEAK AT THEIR 2013 AGM IN SHANGHAI

    Fidelity invited Emily de Wolfe Pettit to speak at their 2013 AGM held in Shanghai. Emily took the opportunity to address the dramatic changes she had encountered first-hand in the Chinese art scene over the past decade, the challenges of balancing international aspirations of developers with an audience deeply entrenched in the vernacular, and the dynamics of the art market in China today.

    EXHIBITING AT GUARDIAN FINE ART FAIR IN CONJUNCTION WITH GLADWELL & PATTERSON

    Peking Art Associates is proud to have participated in the inaugural Guardian Fine Art Asia (GFAA) Art Fair, held between May 26 - June 1st 2014 at The China National Convention Centre in Beijing in conjunction with Gladwell & Patterson, London’s oldest dealership. Peking Art Associates displayed sculptures by renowned Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming (b. 1938) celebrated 1980’s Taichi series from private collections and oil paintings by acclaimed young artist professor Jiang Shan Chun (b. 1979) new Peace series. On display were Impressionist works by Monet, Sisley and Pissaro as well as works by Piccaso, Miro and Dali, all of which were being shown for the first time in mainland China.

    A NEW COLLABORATION IN ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN ART

    We are delighted to announce a curatorial partnership with Sascha Gianella, Aboriginal Australian art specialist with over twenty years' experience. Sascha is well respected in her field for her knowledge, ethics and close relationships with an array of the brightest lights from the wide Aboriginal Art community of Australia. Our first collaboration in late 2013 will focus on Desert art from the Central desert region of Australia. Within this vast area, we will present a select grouping of renowned female Aboriginal artists, and within this grouping works with important community provenance.

    PEKING ART ASSOCIATES (FORMERLY ARTS INFLUENTIAL CHINA) IN ROSEWOOD BEIJING VIDEO LAUNCH

    Rosewood Beijing's architect, BARStudio's Stewart Robertson, Brand Consultant Robert Louey, and Emily de Wolfe Pettit, Art Advisor to Rosewood Beijing participated in a presentation video for the Rosewood Group's first hotel in Asia and a crown in their portfolio. Beijing, May 2013 Courtesy Rosewood Hotel Group and Agency Sacks New York

    LI YONGFEI SELECTED FOR THE EXHIBITION “ÖSTASIATISKA” AT VÄRLDSKUTUR MUSEERNA, SWEDEN

    The young artist Li Yongfei, born in 1985, has created a series of works with bodies and faces that combines traditional ink brush painting with contemporary aesthetics and fashion. His choice of motifs represents a breakthrough in the 2,000-year Chinese Gongbi painting tradition (distinguished by naturalistic and detailed depiction; the word means "the busy brush"). The art critic Emily de Wolfe Pettit says of his style: "[Li] references his inspirations as ranging from the 19th century English artist Aubrey Beardsley, who himself was ironically influenced by Chinese and Japanese prints; to Warholesque Pop amplification of cultural stereotypes; to the young Japanese artist Tenmyouya Hisashi, where youth culture is often played out as an aggressive battle of the Ages." - Si Han, Curator, "Östasiatiska"

    CHI MING & J S TAN EXHIBITION IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FINE ART SOCIETY, LONDON

    We are delighted to announce a collaboration with one of the oldest dealerships in the United Kingdom, The Fine Art Society, London. On show will be a satellite of Testing Freedom's Temperature, the popular joint exhibition featuring oil paintings by Chi Ming and charcoal and ink works by J S Tan. The opening shall take place at the Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2JT, on Wednesday, July 3rd 2013. The show runs until July 26th 2013.

    JIANG SHAN CHUN’S NEW ABSTRACT POLYPTYCH UNVEILED AT THE CHEVRON HEADQUARTERS, BEIJING

    Jiang Shan Chun's almost 7 meter triptych, a public commission from Chevron Corporation, is unveiled at the lobby of their Beijing headquarters. Through his abstract paintings, Jiang gives pictorial voice to the Taoist concept of Taiji through a series of large-scale abstract tempera on canvas polyptychs, The Supreme Ultimate (Taiji). Taoism’s Taiji, “the supreme ultimate’ is the highest conceivable principle from which all existence flows, creating Yin and Yang from places of stillness and movement respectively. This all-pervasive concept underpins traditional Chinese energy systems of cosmology, the elements (Qi) which give rise to the seasons and indeed our own human life cycle. In his abstract works, Jiang uses swathes of intertwined light and shade in mineral hues are chromatically textured to enact the infinite spatial temporal directions of the Universe. He achieves inclines to peaks and declivities to voids through technically impressive work (most remarkably he employs only oils on canvas in some cases), as if sculpting three-dimensional planes in painting while subtlety of gradation again implies innumerable possibilities spatially and temporally.

    MENG LIPING SELECTED BY LI XIANTING FOR ‘AFTER THE 80’S’ EXHIBITION

    We are proud to announce that two of artist Meng Liping's ink pen works 2007's "Heartbeat" and "Genesis" (2008) have been selected by the eminent Chinese art curator and critic known as the "Father of Chinese Contemporary Art" Li Xianting for exhibition at Songzhuang Museum in "After the 80's", a survey of works from artists who have innovated artistic practice in China, in a post-Political Pop and Cynical Realists context.

    JIANG SHAN CHUN (WANG XIN) COLLECTED BY THE NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF CHINA (NAMOC)

    Jiang Shan Chun's (Wang Xin's) 2007 Oil on Canvas painting Memory has been collected by the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Memory is emblematic of Jiang Shan Chun's artistic conviction in depicting what is indigenous, intuitive and distinct to China, notably through his great preoccupation with portraits that are both arresting and understated. Here, as in so many of his portraits, Jiang invites the viewer to skip back into chapters of China’s past and, conversely, to find what is age-old in the present. He demands our un-peeling of the superficial layers of China's contemporary face, to find deeper signifiers of her culture:- its deep-seated patterns of behaviour, customs and the characters that reveal much more than an all-too-easy homogenized outsider's view. And it is as if we were entering a process of refutation of time. The concept of refuting time is in fact embedded in Chinese philosophy, originating in Taoism, whereby reversal is the movement of the Tao (“the way”). The possibility of heightening one's engagement with life through alignment with the Tao and related concepts such as neidan, or “spiritual alchemy” if you will, comes about through physical, mental and spiritual discipline. These processes Jiang seeks to both assimilate in his artistic process and to transmit to the viewer through his art works.

    JIANG SHAN CHUN (WANG XIN) IN A GROUP EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF CHINA

    Artslant Review: This exhibition covers 333 works of five majors such as Chinese traditional painting, oil painting, board painting, stage artistic design and sculpture since the department was established, including 11 present teachers, 16 retired teachers and 200 graduates of an institution spanning more than thirty years. Jiang Shan Chun's recent large-scale portraits feature in this exhibition, in addition to the publication of a number of his still life works and earlier portraits, including Time (left), a portrait of fellow Inner Mongolian artist and friend, Song Kun and her husband.

    MENG LIPING COLLECTED BY THE BRITISH MUSEUM

    Through the [Spiritual Landscape] series, I wanted to explore the possibilities for a coalesce of order and spirit. Just as the Shan Shui artist requires both of these in equal measure, for me the cross represents order, and moreover, a certain freedom through order. In one of this series, Spiritual Landscapes Number 3 [page 15], the crosses appear to grow organically out of the ground; I wanted to imply the possibility for order to also exist in nature’s ‘grand plan’. The cross in my paintings is not just a symbol of the spirit, but also a symbol of reason. To the background of the winding landscapes the cross acts as a meter for me. I combine the Chinese literati painting sensibility to make the sacred element of the cross more approachable so to speak, so that it has an abstract (or semi-abstract) quality. Just as those who believe God created the world according to a divine plan, I praise this rationality, this beauty of reason. - Meng Liping

    CHI MING FEATURED IN ‘FACE’, CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PORTRAITURE, MINSHENG MUSEUM, SHANGHAI

    MODERN Chinese portrait painting from the 1950s is explored in an exhibition by 76 artists including some of the biggest names in contemporary art. Wang Jie reports. Over the years portraits have sought to idealize subjects, to portray them realistically, […]

    CHI MING FEATURED IN ‘CAFAM FUTURE’ EXHIBITION

    The “CAFAM · Future” Exhibition, initiated by the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and organized by CAFA Art Museum, was officially launched in February 2012. The Exhibition aims at encouraging young people’s exploration into artistic language and new ideas, finding and supporting talented young artists in China, establishing a database of Chinese young artists, as well as improving the social impact and awareness to contemporary art both in Chinese and international art fields, so as to create a core platform for promoting the art of Chinese young people. As an artistic project launched by the leading art academy for young people in China, “CAFAM · Future” aims at highlighting “theoretical quality”, “contemporary context” and “the sense of future”, and playing a role as a “thermometer” and a “catalyst”.