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Diurnal Write & Mist - Paintings by Zhao Jun&Huang He

Open between: October 8th-20th 2018. Opening time: 10 am to 4 pm.

Private View: 9th Oct 2018   6-9 pm

Sunny Art Centre London presents their latest exhibition with work by Chinese artists Zhao Jun (course leader and professor in the painting department of the China Academy of Art) and Huang He. The exhibition will showcase the artists' latest series of paintings and paper works between October 8th-20th 2018. In particular, the exhibition will focus on themes revolving around natural harmony, life objectives, and body memory as channels to galvanise new possibilities in painting.

Zhao Jun was born in Changshu, Jiangsu, China in 1975, and currently lives and works in Hangzhou, China. In his latest ‘Twenty-four Solar Terms’ series, shapes, abstract lines, and human faces are constantly being overlapped and covered by thick brushstrokes in vibrant colours, revealing unexpected and abstract visual effects. Zhao Jun’s work combines the study of phenology with that of the traditional Chinese solar calendar. Through these concepts, the artist engages with a painterly expression of everyday life understood from a traditional point of view. Mystic, ancient, and oriental philosophies expounding the cyclical nature of all things allow the artist to explore the possibility of an archaic, oriental way to cope with the modern capitalist world. Zhao Jun’s merging of abstract shapes and colours usually associated with phenological cycles of nature with concrete content such as real-life events and people bridges abstraction and reality, revealing a divination-like approach to painting.

Huang He, born in Yueqing, Zhejiang, China in 1974, is also currently practising and living in Hangzhou, China. His new ‘Mist’ series encompasses work which has been in the making for the past three years. Many of his artworks were coated with multiple layers of acrylic paint which were subsequently “carved” in order to reveal vaguely visible images on the newly created negative space of the canvas. His work blends the artist’s imagined views of reality with real-life imagery, thus revealing the truth of life in a state of suspension between two realms. Huang He has stated: “This is not only a representation of a free and changing view of a world of the self, but it is also a manifestation of real life. While my paintings satisfy my desires and imagination, the work also opens the gate to other people and the real world.”

As representatives of a new generation of Chinese artists, the two artists in this exhibition enjoy vast academic influence among young and established artists in China. In continued allegiance to the gallery’s mission, Sunny Art Centre will support and endorse the art of outstanding young artists from China, such as Zhao Jun and Huang He, and around the world, building a bridge between the world's best exponents of contemporary art and culture.