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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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b. 1929, China

Chinese-American artist Chinyee (青意) combines basic elements of the pictorial language—space, line and colour—to create lyrical abstract oil paintings and watercolours.

Born in 1929 in Nanjing, China, Chinyee was awarded a four-year scholarship to study in the United States in 1947, where she received her BFA from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and MA from New York University. She began working in the accounting department of the United Nations in 1956 while continuing to paint, and held her first solo exhibition at the Mi-Chou Gallery in New York in 1965.

With an academic background in traditional Chinese calligraphy, figurative illustration and painting, Chinyee began experimenting with Abstract Expressionism at its peak in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Her early abstract works reveal traces of figuration, such as Markings (1965), a watercolour painting in which the circular form on the top left evokes the moon and the purple and horizontal black forms below hint at the mountains and streams. Over time, Chinyee adopted a technique of loose and spontaneous brushwork that draws from both calligraphic traditions and methods shared by other AbEx artists such as Joan Mitchell. In her oil painting Joy (2013), broad and energetic brushstrokes cut across a pear-green ground punctuated by shocks of pink, while in the oil painting Longings (2013), thin strokes of purple and black blend into a vibrant pink background.

After more than five decades of painting, Chinyee is still a prolific artist. For Dances of the Inner Being, her 2018 solo show at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong, she presented a body of newly created works in addition to earlier paintings. The title is derived from her vision of painting, which, in her artist's statement, she describes as 'a process of discovering, shaping and reshaping [her] inner being.' In the exhibition, the artworks on display showcased her propensity for producing lyrical harmony among chaos and invoking a diverse range of emotions. The vertical arrangement of softly painted rectangles in Untitled (2017), for example, recalls the subdued colour field paintings of Mark Rothko; Chinyee, however, inserts an element of surprise to her painting by marking its surface with a thin stroke of red. Vitality replaces calmness in June A (2018), where gestural strokes of blue and green encapsulate the heat of summer engulfed in the saturated yellow and orange background.

Chinyee's solo exhibitions include Rhythms of Creation at Alisan Fine Arts (2013), and Chinyee's 50-year Retrospective: A Lyrical Journey at Shanghai Art Museum (2007). Her artwork was included in the group exhibition Asian Tradition/Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstractions 1945–1970, which travelled through the United States, Japan and Taiwan between 1997 and 1999. In 1989, Chinyee was named the 'Artist of the Nineties' by Manhattan Arts Magazine. Her works are in the collections of UNICEF, Shanghai Art Museum and Nankai University in Tianjin.

Chinyee lives and works in New Jersey.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2019
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Featured Artworks

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Untitled(BR) by Chinyee contemporary artwork
ChinyeeUntitled(BR), 1998 Watercolour and collage on paper
32 x 30.5 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Reunion 9 by Chinyee contemporary artwork
ChinyeeReunion 9, 2012 Watercolour and collage on paper
25 x 25 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Reunion 6 by Chinyee contemporary artwork
ChinyeeReunion 6, 2012 Watercolour and collage on paper
31 x 31 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Eclipse by Chinyee contemporary artwork
ChinyeeEclipse, 1998 Watercolour and collage on paper
33 x 33 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Beyond My Window Part II #8 by Chinyee contemporary artwork
ChinyeeBeyond My Window Part II #8, 2004 Watercolour on paper
40.5 x 30.5 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Natural Motion by Chinyee contemporary artwork
ChinyeeNatural Motion, 2018 Oil on canvas
Alisan Fine Arts
Untitled by Chinyee contemporary artwork
ChinyeeUntitled, 2017 Oil on canvas
152.5 x 91.5 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Roots by Chinyee contemporary artwork
ChinyeeRoots, 2009 Watercolour on paper
61 x 45.7 cm
Alisan Fine Arts

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Chinyee, Dances of the Inner Being 心靈的舞動 at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
7 December 2018–19 January 2019 Chinyee Dances of the Inner Being 心靈的舞動 Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong

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