Mon - Sat 10am - 7:00pm
Sunday 25th June by appointment
About the event
First time in London - an exhibition of paintings and woodblock prints by Chen Li, a rising contemporary artist from China's Yunnan Province.
Inspired by Buddhist philosophy and Yunnan's spectacular landscapes, Chen Li weaves a unique visual language by fusing Chinese ink gestures with the colours and textures of Western oil painting.
Chen Li defies painting in any one style. "I never think of formal styles or schools of painting ... and this gives me unlimited possibilities. Just like writing a love letter, content is the key; what pen you use is not important."
Chen Li’s works have found homes in significant private collections in China, Britain, Italy and the United States, and are inspiring a loyal following. This is his first exhibition in the U.K.
What others are saying:
Nicolas Usherwood of Galleries Magazine wrote: "With post-millennial globalisation ... artists like Ai Weiwei [are] becoming as familiar in the West as Jeff Koons. But [Weiwei's] art is still essentially Western in its aesthetic - what happened to a Chinese artist who wanted to engage with his own artistic traditions and yet be recognised by a wider audience? These thoughts are provoked by the show of Kunming-based Chen Li's paintings and woodblock prints, put on by gallerist Katrine Levin at Debut Art & The Coningsby Gallery."