For Asia Now 2020, HdM Gallery presents works by artists: Zhu Rixin, Ye Linghan, Zhang Shujian, Xie Lei, and T'ang Haywen.
Seeking to create a new aesthetic system, Zhu draws complex illustrated maps of the world, which combine architectural landscape theory with traditional artistic techniques of Chinese ink marking and oil painting. He overlays imaginary pictorial geological observations with the effects of human conflict to alter relief views of existing geographical locations. His transformations of material fact into abstract reasoning are investigative, seeking metaphysical responses to land-use and pressing geopolitical issues. Collisions in his work abound between natural phenomena and the complex, fictitious territories and their disputed boundaries.Read More
Zhu Rixin was born in 1986 in Jiujiang. He graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with a Master’s degree. He lives and works in Beijing. His works have been exhibited in Chinese and international museums including Art Museum of Repin Academy of Fine Arts, He Xiangning Art Museum, CAFA Art Museum, and had exposure at art fairs, Art Brussels and Shanghai Art 021.
An interdisciplinary artist, Ye Linghan has produced videos, animations, installations, works on paper and paintings. Influenced by Matisse, his new series of paintings entitled “LUCY” create a primeval universe with a luxurious fauna where a conscienceless man evolves freely. This universe is reflected in the technique used, which blithely combines, oil, acrylic, collage and spray paint providing a panorama of the wealth of artistic techniques today.
Ye Linghan was born in Lishui, Zhejiang in 1985. He graduated from the China Academy of Art in 2009. He currently lives and works in Beijing. Ye Linghan’s works have been widely collected and exhibited at notable institutions and galleries, amongst which Shanghai K11 Art Museum, MOCA Shanghai, Shenzhen OCT Art Terminal, Shanghai Mingsheng Art Museum and JNBY Beijing.
Zhang Shujian is a photorealist artist who intensively examines the human face in his drawings and brush paintings. He is fascinated by rendering features in clinical, minute detail: single hairs made with intense brushstrokes, freckles, blemishes and imperfections all precisely articulated, with meticulous emphasis on skin. In pencil on paper or with thin layers of oil paint, varnish and lacquer - techniques that borrow from Gothic Tempera formal techniques of painting on board - his portraits are both investigations of the human body and explorations of character.
Zhang Shujian, born in 1987, Hunan Province, China, graduated in 2010 from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, where he lives and works, specialising in explorative expressionism. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai, Amsterdam and Hall, Austria and can be found in private, corporate and public collections. Zhang has won awards for several exhibitions including his degree show.
Often producing monochromatic works in a dark palette of mixed colors, Xie Lei can perhaps be best described as a symbolist painter. Ancient rituals, traditional Chinese imagery or Western mythology form the subjects of many paintings. They are bathed in a suggestive and sometimes mysterious atmosphere reminiscent of ancient folktale and primeval epochs.
Xie Lei was born in 1983 in Huainan China, and graduated from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris, and received his PhD (practice-based) in visual arts in 2016 from the École normal supérieure and the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris where he still lives and works since 2006. His work is included in public and private collections, such as Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC VAL) and Burger Collection. Notable solo exhibitions were staged at Yishu 8 Beijing, Galerie Anne de Villepoix Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts Paris, Z Gallery Arts Vancouver. Besides, his works were included in group shows at MAC VAL, the Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Langen Foundation and White Space.
T'ang Haywen is a Chinese French painter noted for his interest in both Abstract Expressionism and the ancient techniques of Chinese ink-brush painting. Ink and watercolor were his predominant materials and his abstractions featured gracious brushstrokes in energetic colours evocative of Chinese calligraphy. He had his first exhibition in 1955 at the Galerie Voyelles and later exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1989. A contemporary of Zao Wu-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun, he is posthumously recognised as a pioneer of Chinese abstraction.
T’ang Haywen was born in 1927, Xiamen, China. Since his death in 1991, T’ang’s work has been widely exhibited including a travelling retrospective at the Oceanography Museum of Monaco, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Singapore Museum of Art, Museum of East Asian Art Berlin, the Ashmolean Museum Oxford and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum Taiwan. In 2002, a solo exhibition of his works was held at the Musée Guimet Paris and at the Shiseido Foundation Tokyo.