Singapore and International –
iPreciation is proud to announce that the gallery will be participating in Art Southampton for the first time, in July 2016. We will be presenting a group exhibition featuring the ink paintings by Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian, sculptures from Ju Ming’s Taichi Series and oil paintings by Jin Jie in this fair. Gao Xingjian 高行健 (b. 1940, China/France) is an important leading cultural figure, an accomplished and celebrated writer, playwright, director, painter and photographer. He was the first Chinese individual to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000. In 1989, he was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship from the United States. In 2006, he was conferred the Lions Award by the New York Public Library (NYPL) at Library Lions Benefit event. Equal to his literary oeuvre, his paintings are works of art focusing on ink as a medium, forsaking the use of traditional ink tools and brushes between the figures and abstraction. His works embody western paintings’ core idea of light, fusing a significant aesthetic and critical language in western paintings with Chinese ink paintings. Gao’s ink works are never mere black; the interplay of light, positive and negative space continues to inform and inspire new directions in his paintings. Gao has held more than thirty exhibitions around the world. His paintings have been collected by public and private institutions worldwide, such as Royal Museums of Fine Art, Brussels, the Leibniz Society for Cultural Exchange (Berlin), the East Asian Museum (Stockholm), the Taipei Fine Art Museum (Taiwan), Theatre Miliere (Paris), The Nobel Foundation (Stockholm), the City of Marseille, the Singapore Art Museum and the Snite Museum at Notre Dame University (USA).
Ju Ming 朱銘 (b. 1938, Taiwan) was trained under the apprenticeship of Lee Chinchuan, where he mastered woodcarving and later under Yuyu Yang, a significant sculptor and pioneer of modern art. The maturity of his sculptural language and aesthetic style incorporates the free expression and embraces values of simplicity and environmentalism. Ju presents to an international audience, modern sculptures imbued with Chinese ideas; with the major works in his Taichi Series emphasizing abstract forms encompassing the spirit of Chinese taiji. He simplified Chinese sculpturing forms by incorporating Chinese freehand 写意 calligraphic strokes to mould his sculptures, creating semi-abstract and subsequently abstract sculptures; such a style as rarely seen anywhere else. . The Taichi Series is important in signifying the maturity of the artist’s sculptural language and aesthetic style, where he wields his exquisite craftsmanship with complete ease and freedom. Ju’s works are in many private and public places including the public collection of National Museum of Singapore, Williams College, USA, City Garden, USA, University of Kansas, USA, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, University of Cambridge, Ashmolean Museum Oxford University, St Catherine’s College Oxford, and Canada Botanical Gardens.
Jin Jie 金捷 (b. 1965, China) was born in 1965 in Jiangsu province, China, he graduated from Oil painting studies in Nanjing University of Arts in 1991, and went on to achieve an M.A. in Western Arts and Lecture in 1997. In 2008, he obtained a Ph.D in Fine Art from his alma mater Nanjing University of Arts in Jiangsu province. A faithful proponent of the foundation and techniques of orthodox Western oil painting, he has adeptly mastered critical skills in western oil painting. While his works seem to resonate with Western modern art’s impressionistic tones, the soul of the subject is very much Chinese, reflecting the ideas and essence of the depth of Chinese culture. He strongly believes that an oil painting by a Chinese painter needs to be created and identifiable as a Chinese oil painting, not a Western one. Hence the style of his work is based on Chinese ink’s expressive painting 写意 (xieyi, meaning expressive, freehand) style, where the focus is not on the detailed rendition of the subject but on its essence. In today's contemporary art world, most perceptions of Chinese contemporary art are dominated by the Political Pop Art, where art is political, a tool or voice on Chinese politics, of its criticisms and frustrations. Jin Jie's work brings a breath of fresh air, as he brings the viewers to experience the spaces, enjoying their sense of solitude, renewal, or perhaps nostalgia. Jin Jie has exhibited extensively in China and is a member of the prestigious China Artists Association amongst many other notable appointments in China. His works are collected by many private collectors, corporations and institutions.