Yinjie Sun curatored the group show”Dragons in the Lion’s Den Exhibition” 19/07/2012
Dragons in the Lion’s Den–Chinese Contemporary Art
“The beginning of the tradition of Chinese painting can be traced back to ancient stone-age porcelain. The art form evolved from monochrome to colour and flourished for more than three thousand years, long before writing developed. The ancient practice of porcelain painting emphasised resolve and purpose rather than the expression of shape and detail and this approach was highly influential on Chinese painting.
The use of calligraphy and rice paper are key elements of Chinese painting. Rice paper shows the flow of ink and the movement of the brush stroke and the traditions of calligraphy and painting are intimately connected; ink and paper are used for both and both are characterised by the same simplification and abstraction.
In the middle of the late nineteenth century, China opened its doors, partly for reasons of trade and partly due to foreign force, and the flow of Western style paintings in China increased gradually with Western styles welcomed as they became more fashionable.
An increasing number of Chinese, having studied Western art in Europe began to advocate Western aestheticism, leading some artists to begin to challenge the traditional methods used to represent beauty.
Conflict was inevitable between the desire to protect the traditional practices and applying Western techniques and approaches to Chinese painting”.
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Dragons in the Lion’s Den, Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery in association with Ping Works, a UK creative hub, brings you an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art – a collection of some of China’s best up and coming artists from establishments like the China Academy of Art, the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, Western establishments like the Slade School and Central St. Martin’s and including accomplished self-taught artists.