SUNNY ART PRIZE SHANGHAI EXHIBITION

The China Exhibition of the 2018 edition of the Sunny Art Prize will take place at Harmony Art Gallery in Shanghai between April 12th and June 12th 2019. The artists shortlisted from the previous London show and that will be part of this group exhibition in China are Stephen Doyle, Stefano Zaratin, David Antonio Loureiro, Stephanie Kilgast, Wei Tan, Shinyoung Park, Anca Stefanescu, Kishwar Kiani, J. Jie Li, Jeongkeun Lee, Mi-Young Choi, and Juheon Cho.

The selection of artists from all over the globe will provide audiences in the East to further re-elaborate the themes explored during the London exhibition. The variety of practices, from drawing and painting to mixed media, sculpture, photography, and installation will allow for wider engagements towards issues relating to contemporary socio-economic contexts. Religion, immigration, borders, gender and sexuality, identity, and climate change are just a few of the critical topics these international artists wish for visitors to confront. Therefore, the scope of the exhibition, trough travelling artworks and ideas, is to let audiences from different global contexts respond in culturally unique ways to problems and issues that affect us all on a universal level.

The Sunny Art Prize was also established with the intent to help artists reach new markets that can support their practices in the long term. Access to one of the strongest art markets in the world in China can help artists unlocking new possibilities, and reach collectors otherwise unavailable through conventional exhibitions. The sustained exchange between the East and West through sound cultural projects, such as exhibitions and residencies, devised in partnership with Chinese art institutions, is at the foundation of what the Sunny Art prize stands for.

 

Examples of work and artists exhibited in Shanghai

 

Stephen Doyle

The shortlisted work ‘Performing the Feminine II’ is inspired by the iconic drag ‘ball culture’. In particular, the drag ball scene illuminates themes revolving around race, gender, and sexual orientation within society. Drag balls are competitions that consist of individuals, often drag queens, performing various genders and social groups. The shortlisted mixed media painting is a commentary on the fluidity of gender roles. Doyle’s painting provides a platform for discussion on how an antiquated social structure has limited and reduced gender identity to a fixed, binary status. Through the drag performance represented in ‘Performing the Feminine II’, the exploration and interplay of femininity versus masculinity is put on display. The choice of materials in the painting emphasises such interplay. Metal, wood, hard angles, and solid colours symbolising the ‘male’ are juxtaposed with fabrics, light patterns, and vibrant colours associated with femininity.

Stephanie Kilgast

Stephanie Kilgast is a French artist working with ready-mades and found objects such as plastic bottles and aluminium cans. The artworks she chooses are usually sourced from trashcans and question the excessive wastage currently governing the lifestyle of the 21st century.

Her work is an ode to life, where plants and fungi meet insects, animals, and minerals. Their bright and colourful tones dominate over the pale and subdued colours and shapes of the found objects. The colourful swirls of nature develop on these ready-mades, thus stimulating a dialogue between humanity and nature. Those very items which are typically trashed, discarded, and forgotten are here brought to the foreground. The viewer is invited to observe not only the pieces themselves, but also the environmental crisis humanity has created and question the lost balance between human activities and nature.

David Antonio Loureiro

Readily recognisable by its hybrid figures, fragmented objects, and spatial indeterminacy, the artwork of David Antonio Loureiro is first and foremost a statement about rupture. By playing with the viewer’s perceptions, the characters, as well as the indoor and outdoor spaces, tend to become confused or disappear, then rematerialize in the composition. This process is also emphasised by the intertwining of figuration and abstraction, as visible in ‘Le Fusillé Souriant’.

Using historically identifiable figures for his compositions, usually attributed to classical painting, David hopes to stimulate his audience to recognise the subjects of the paintings. Despite their architectural feel, his paintings use a mixture of impasto, transparency, and superimpositions to provide the content with a surprising materiality. The intention is to generate doubts and questions about the events unfolding in the artworks, rather than certainty, in the viewer's mind.

Mothered by algorithms and trapped in an age of extreme mechanisation of the world, David’s paintings also aim to stimulate the idea of a reconciliation with oneself and the human condition. These ‘other’ spaces deploy micro-narratives using experiences from our own human and historical existence. His paintings therefore question people’s relationship with the world and our figures of authority; they question what it is that shaped, shapes, and will shape the human condition.

Jie Li

Li expresses love, hate, and desire as rooted within the depths of human nature. Such expression is achieved by overlapping figuration and abstraction in her paintings, using the natural changes and disasters that occur in her landscapes as metaphors for human emotions and sensibility.

Li primarily works with watercolours. Yet, as visible in artworks from the ‘Echoes of the Silence’ and ‘Fire & Desire’ series, she challenges the conventional views of this medium, which is usually conceived of as delicate, fragile, and gentle. In her paintings, the medium is not so transparent, not so spontaneous in some parts, and not so ‘watercolour’ anymore. The brushstrokes are thick and substantial, almost concealing the nature of the medium.

  • Echoes of the Silence
    Traditional Chinese scholars like to express their feelings through beautiful depictions of nature, thus placing a significant emphasis on the innate ties between the person and the environment in which he or she lives. J. Li hopes to similarly draw on these connections, albeit emphasising the increasing dilapidation of our natural surroundings. Unlike the odes to Mother Nature of the past, she hopes to highlight the current obliteration of nature, in which the forceful and overwhelming rage of the landscape is a reflection of the inner decay of humankind.
  • Fire & Desire
    ‘Of desires, some are natural and necessary, some are natural but not necessary, and some are neither natural nor necessary, but come about depending on empty belief’ Epicurus (KD 29).Epicurus, the advocate of Hedonism, did not promote indulgence without purpose. Moreover, desire is the instinctive engine of life itself. Regardless of whether it is physical or psychological, human desire is never static. It is like a fire, or better, a wildfire, often dominating reason. J. Li’s ‘Fire and Desire’ expands upon the themes of ‘Echoes of the Silence’ by proposing desire, here metaphorically depicted as sublime wildfires, as the driving force of human action which, with purposeful lack of reason, can also be a source of self-destruction.

Jeongkeun Lee

Jeongkeun Lee, winner of the Sunny Art Prize 2017, is a photographer who primarily works with staged landscapes and environments in the form of installations then reproduced and re-contextualises them through the photographic medium. His ‘Despaysement’ and ‘Personal Ritual’ series attract positive feedback for their ability to bridge such staged counter-realities and the real world. He does this by exploiting photography as a tool to conjure parallel worlds impregnated with ritualistic symbolism, using photography as a mediator between spaces, people and objects.

Visit the exhibition at the Harmony Art Gallery, Shanghai, between April 12th and June 12th 2019. Admission Free.

Shanghai Exhibition Slideshow

Shanghai Art Residency Slideshow

SUNNY ART PRIZE - ARTISTS RESIDENCY IN CHINA | 2019

This year the art residency programme devised by the Sunny Art Prize in partnership with Harmony Art Gallery will take place in the historically rich Gao Feng Chan Temple, China. The artists selected (from the original list of artists that exhibited in the Sunny Art Prize 2018 London exhibition) and that will participate in the residency are:

  • Stephen Doyle
  • J. Jie Li
  • David Antonio Loureiro
  • Jeongkeun Lee

About the Temple

According to the ‘Mo Gan Shan Mountain Records’, this temple was built in the first year of Liang Tian Jian during the Southern and Northern Dynasties (AD 502). From the Tang Dynasty till the Year of the Sui Dynasty (AD 1274), there was a Zen master from the Lin'an Longxu Mountain who moved into this place, and he renamed the temple as Linji Daochang. In the year of the Southern Song Dynasty's demise (AD 1279), the Miao Zen Master retired to Tianmu and drilled a cave room in the mountain. He named the cave ‘Dead Pass’ and remained there in solitary confinement for 15 years while practising meditation. He is today known as the East Peak Buddha. During the first year of Yuan Zhen (AD 1295), the Miao Zen Master passed away, and the Emperor Yuan Wuzong’s honoured him with a title: ‘The Zen Master of Fo Ri Pu Ming Guangji’. On that day, the Temple was named after the local mountain.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Stephen Doyle

Stephen Doyle is an emerging visual artist from Cork, Ireland. He is a recent graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design. Doyle’s work references queer identity and queer culture through drawing, painting, and installation. Representing sexual identity and orientation has become the foundation of his practice.

Growing up in Ireland, just after the decriminalisation act and realising the embodiment of a major sub-culture within the visual arts was non-existent. Doyle has only portrayed LGBTQI+ individuals within his work to establish the queer identity within contemporary portraiture. His figurative work thus far has taken him to the UK, Spain and Russia to gain an authenticity to his practice by experiencing the realities that his sitters face daily.

 

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David Antonio Loureiro

Using historically identifiable figures for his compositions, usually attributed to classical painting, David hopes to stimulate his audience to recognise the subjects of the paintings. Despite their architectural feel, his paintings use a mixture of impasto, transparency, and superimpositions to provide the content with a surprising materiality. The intention is to generate doubts and questions about the events unfolding in the artworks, rather than certainty, in the viewer's mind.

Mothered by algorithms and trapped in an age of extreme mechanisation of the world, David’s paintings also aim to stimulate the idea of a reconciliation with oneself and the human condition. These ‘other’ spaces deploy micro-narratives using experiences from our own human and historical existence. His paintings therefore question people’s relationship with the world and our figures of authority; they question what it is that shaped, shapes, and will shape the human condition.

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J. Jie Li

J. Li expresses love, hate, and desire as rooted within the depths of human nature. Such expression is achieved by overlapping figuration and abstraction in her paintings, using the natural changes and disasters that occur in her landscapes as metaphors for human emotions and sensibility.

J. Li primarily works with watercolours. Yet, as visible in artworks from the ‘Echoes of the Silence’ and ‘Fire & Desire’ series, she challenges the conventional views of this medium, which is usually conceived of as delicate, fragile, and gentle. In her paintings, the medium is not so transparent, not so spontaneous in some parts, and not so ‘watercolour’ anymore. The brushstrokes are thick and substantial, almost concealing the nature of the medium.

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Jeongkeun Lee

Jeongkeun Lee is a photographer who primarily works with staged landscapes and environments in the form of installations then reproduced and re-contextualises them through the photographic medium. His ‘Despaysement’ and ‘Personal Ritual’ series attract positive feedback for their ability to bridge such staged counter-realities and the real world. He does this by exploiting photography as a tool to conjure parallel worlds impregnated with ritualistic symbolism, using photography as a mediator between spaces, people and objects.

 

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Check the work of the participating artists on the dedicated page with the work of all the shortlisted artists for this edition of the Sunny Art Prize.

Sunny Art Prize - Art Residency Opportunity

The Sunny Art Prize in collaboration with leading Chinese national and international cultural institutions launched a series of new artist residency programmes. For each edition of the Sunny Art Prize, we will provide the winning artists with the opportunity to be part of a residency in culturally dynamic and significant places in China.

The idea of international cultural exchange, as provided by this open call for artists, was envisioned to complement the existing programme of international exhibitions from London to China. While the artworks shortlisted for the Art Prize travel to new exhibiting locations and engage with new audiences, we believe artists should also travel and exchange knowledge about their practice with new communities around the world.

Through direct interaction with Eastern culture, the artist residency aims to provide a profound, positive change to your practice as an artist as well as to you as a person.

Apply for the Sunny Art Prize now and experience the next level of art residencies.

 

Sunny Art Prize 2019  -  Open Call for Artists

The Sunny Art Prize is an international art prize hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art competition in the UK is a global platform offering art opportunities to emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks internationally. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across the world,  including London, Beijing and Shanghai. The art contest will also give the art prize winners the opportunity to be part of a one-month artist residency. The Artist Residency Programme is organised in collaboration with established Chinese art institutions and it provides the chance to engage with historically and culturally rich places in China. 

The art competition welcomes submissions from all over the world. The diversity of the prize is also reflected by the variety of art practices it represents, from two-dimensional work such as paintings, drawings and photography to three-dimensional sculptures and ceramics, as well as contemporary installations, mixed media artworks, video and digital work. 

Sunny Art Prize 2019 Submissions Deadline: 30th June 2019

ORDER THE SUNNY ART PRIZE 2018 CATALOGUE

The complete catalogue with all the participating artists of the Sunny Art Prize 2018.

Contains photographs of all shortlisted artworks as well as a profile statement for each artist which includes the conceptual framework of their practice and of the artworks exhibited during the 2018 edition of the Prize.

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Explore the work of a group of international artists aiming to raise awareness of themes encompassing climate change, the current international debate regarding immigration and refugees, our perception of identity (both our own and the identity of the society we live in), the spectacle of news media communications, sexuality, gender, race, and queer culture, among others.

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