Mobilia Gallery is pleased to announce and introduce the first USA solo exhibit of contemporary Chinese ink paintings created by one of China’s leading visual artists, Yuan Jinhua. The unique Mobilia Feature Exhibition will be on view May 12 through June 15, 2016.
Born in 1964 in China’s famous city of Hangzhou (home to West Lake, a treasured site), Professor Yuan Jinhua has garnered coveted recognition for his highly unusual contemporary works that provide new interpretations of China’s “landscape culture.” The collection of small and large paintings on specially made papers marry ancient Chinese ink techniques with delicate, yet strong, brush and color power.
A master of capturing the vitality and visual power of modern Chinese ink painting, Professor Yuan uses refined inks, gold leaf, and Tibetan pigments, which are made from earth substances, precious and semi-precious gemstones. Dramatic blue is made from azurite or lapis lazuli, exquisite Hangzhou green from malachite, intense red from cinnabar, yellow ochre from limonite. Each of these minerals is painstakingly hand ground to a fine powder, sometimes soaked and rubbed with the fingers to achieve a silky texture. Oftentimes compounds are heated to create different shades and hues to produce bold forms and figures.
“The ‘Embrace Series’ by Yuan Jinhua constructs lighthearted landscapes of contemporary daily life in a style that at once fully elevates the elements of Chinese ink and wash painting, while bidding farewell to the historical tradition with [sic] humor.”
Xiaoming Zhao, highly regarded collector, President of the International Publishing House for China’s Culture, and current Chairman of the Board of USA Asian Cultural Academy
Yuan currently teaches traditional Chinese painting at the China Academy of Art in Zhejiang and is the director of the portrait studio at the Traditional Chinese Painting Institute, Zhejiang Art Museum.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND RESIDENCIES:
2015, 56th Venice Biennale, The Swatch Pavillion, curated by Okwui Enwezor
2014, artist in residence at the Swatch Art Center, Shanghai (an institution dedicated to artists and their art)
1994, The National Art Museum of China in Beijing (solo)
1993, Shanghai Art Museum (solo)
Shanghai Art Museum, China
National Art Museum of China
Zhejiang Art Museum, China
Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution, China