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Chinese pigments and ink on paper
Dimensions: 150cm (H) x 180cm (W) / 59.1" (H) x 70.9" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
By adopting ancient techniques and frescoesque modes of portraying of the contemporary scenes, He Jian doesn’t try to challenge the tradition or seek rebellion, nor he is being avant-garde in the fashionable sense of the term. By borrowing ancient techniques and rendering the subjects in a manner more than 600 years old, He Jian emphasizes the fact that people are and always will be products of their own culture and history.
His distinctive style of artistic expression is inspired by the frescoes of the 14th century Yongle temple in Shanxi province. At first glance, his works look aged, as if they are in need of intensive restoration, the effect that the artist reaches with the technique of layered paint over a thin surface of rice paper.
Juxtaposing antique techniques of meticulous Chinese brush painting with the subject-matter of Chinese contemporary everyday life as well as his childhood memories, He Jian takes his works into a unique temporal dimension.
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Hometown: Sichuan Province
Based in: Sichuan Province
He Jian was born in 1978 in Sichuan province, and graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2000.
For his witty visual combination of ancient and contemporary He Jian graduated with distinction, and continued as a lecturer in the Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. Since graduation, He Jian has received increasing attention from the international art world and participated in many shows in China and abroad. His education and professional career have been firmly rooted in Sichuan, he is frequently exhibited with his Sichuan-based contemporaries, and together with them, he is recognized as the new face of the Sichuan School Painting. He Jian held several solo exhibitions in China and South East Asia including Mind and Matter at Zhi Art Space, Chongqing, China (2018), Eternal Wave at Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012), Disguised History at Art Seasons, Singapore (2010), Living in the World at Art Seasons, Beijing, China, Singapore (2005).
Some of the recent group exhibitions include Perfect- Buddhism and Art at the Putian Art Museum, Fujian, China (2018), Fragmental Fields, Art Karlsruhe at ASAS, Karlsruhe, Germany (2017), Contemporary Exhibitions of Artists from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China Cultural Center, Sydney, Australia (2017), The Tenth Fine Art Exhibition: Brush Painting in the Contemporary Era at the China Art Museum, Beijing, China (2016), Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chinese Cultural Center, London, the UK.
His works were also presented at the international art fairs, including Art Central Hong Kong and Asian Contemporary Art Fair (Singapore).
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