JINGART

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” ESLITE GALLERY is pleased to participate in 2019 JingArt from May 30 to June 2, 2019, with works by Sanyu, Lalan, André MASSON, HSIUNG Ping-Ming, Hsia Yan, Fu-Sheng KU, CHAN Kin Chung. Long-term or short-term, these artists all had once lived in Paris to immerse themselves in artistic freedom while invigorating this City of Light with their individual ideas and artistic energy. ESLITE will present a moveable feast of works that span across a century by these seven artists.

  • Exhibition Period:30 May – 2 June 2019
  • Address:No.135 Xizhimenwai Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
  • Booth:A03
  • Opening:Thu, 30 May 2019

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” ESLITE GALLERY is pleased to participate in 2019 JingArt from May 30 to June 2, 2019, with works by Sanyu, Lalan, André MASSON, HSIUNG Ping-Ming, Hsia Yan, Fu-Sheng KU, CHAN Kin Chung. Long-term or short-term, these artists all had once lived in Paris to immerse themselves in artistic freedom while invigorating this City of Light with their individual ideas and artistic energy. ESLITE will present a moveable feast of works that span across a century by these seven artists.

Sanyu

Sanyu’s work uniquely blended the romantic quality of the West and spirit of Chinese literati, evolving into charming art that marks a distinct achievement of Chinese art in the 20th century. Sanyu was born in Szechuan, China, in 1895. He had attended the Shanghai Art Academy and went to Japan in 1901. Sanyu arrived in Paris in the following year and soon adapted the life style of the city where he would stay for the rest of his life. By early 1930s, Sanyu had made quite a name for himself in France. Fusing the unrestrained style of Chinese ink painting with the clean, spare qualities of the Fauvist school, the artist invested his paintings with characteristically Chinese reflection and emotional subtlety.

André MASSON

André MASSON was born in Balagny-sur-Thérain, a small village in Oise, France. He first studied art in Brussels, then later in Paris. His early works display an interest in cubism but later became associated with surrealism. He was an avid employer of automatic drawing, and experimented with altered states of consciousness with his artist neighbors in Paris, such as Antonin ARTAUD, Michel LEIRIS, Joan MIRO, Georges BATAILLE, Jean DUBUFFET and Georges MALKINE. He later went to the United States to escape from the Nazi’s regime and became an important source of influence on American abstract expressionists, such as Jackson POLLOCK. He returned to France after the war and settled in Aix-en-Provence.

Lalan

Born in 1921, Lalan was brought up in a scholarly family, where her gift in music was cultivated from a young age. Lalan moved to Paris in 1948 and continued her studies in music composition and modern dance. She took up painting in 1957 and had never cease painting until an accident took her life in 1995. Lalan started out creating abstract paintings with calligraphic signs, then quickly developed a distinct style driven by her strong urge of self-expression. Spirit of Chinese traditional landscapes was brought into her painting during 1970s and the artist’s accomplishments of music and modern dance also add graceful qualities of poetry and rhythm in her works.

HSIUNG Ping-Ming

A sculptor, calligrapher and art critic, HSIUNG Ping-Ming was born in China and lived and worked in Paris for most of his professional life. Hsiung went to Paris to continue his education in philosophy in 1947, but was later inspired by the sculptor Marcel GIMOND and enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1950 to train with him. Human figure and animals are the subjects of Hsiung’s sculptures. One of the themes the artist continued returning to was buffalo, which used to be the major working animal in the farm in the pre-industrialized era of China through which the artist expressed his strong well as well as his feelings toward his homeland.

HSIA Yan

HSIA Yan was born into a wealthy family in Xiangxiang, Hunan Provence, China, but raised as an orphan in Nanjing after his parents passed away early in his life. When the war began, he joined the military and drifted from cities to cities before settling in Taiwan in 1949. Here, he studied art with LEE Chun-shan and founded one of the most important artist group called Tongfang Art Group with fellow students including HSIAO Chin, HUO Gang, Tommy CHEN, O-YANG Wen-yuan, HSIAO Ming-hsian. In 1963 he went to Paris to study art and it was during the five years that he spent there when he developed “fuzzy man,” his signature style that symbolizes the absurdity and sense of isolation of modern existence as well as the artist’s sadness for a life of vagrancy. Soon after Paris, Hsia moved to New York and explored photorealism before returning to Taiwan again in 1992. Currently he lives in Shanghai, where he continues to explore different styles and forms of contemporary art with concepts that emanate an Eastern charm that is both robust and spiritual.

Fu-sheng KU

Fu-sheng KU was born in Shanghai in 1935 and came to Taiwan when his father General KU Chu-tung brought the entire family over with the Nationalist Army in 1948. Like many artists, KU took to drawing at a young age. When graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Taiwan Normal University, he had already participated in the exhibitions of Fifth Moon Group, becoming one of the key figures promoting modern art in Taiwan. He went to Paris in 1961, and it was there where he developed free deployment of mixed media in the method of collage in place of oil due to the small studio he had to work in. Kenneth Hsien-yung PAI, prominent writer and a close friend, remarks that art is a passionate and persistent pursuit for KU. KU faces his art with utmost honesty. Indifferent to trends in art, he prefers to indulge himself in the subconscious world between reality and fiction, allowing his fantasies and dreams to flow spontaneously.

CHAN Kin Chung

Born in Guangdong in 1939, CHAN Kin Chung was first known for his city sceneries that included old windows, peeling doors and rusty railings of Paris, where he has resided since the 1980s. In 1975, he became the first Asian artist to hold a solo exhibition in Paris under the support of France’s Ministère de la Culture. After the mid-1980s, Chen began working on landscapes in his own distinct style, which is serene and surreal at once. In 2014 a two-year touring retrospective exhibition celebrating his 50 years of art took place at major museums around China, including the National Art Museum China in Beijing, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum.