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b. 1970, United Kingdom

Chris Gill Biography

Chris Gill (b.1970, UK), also known by his Chinese name “Li Yunfei”, has been working in China for 20 years. He opened his first studio in 1992 in the artists’ village of the Old Summer Palace, the center of all the emerging Chinese artists at that time. Since 1997 Chris Gill has been working in Shanghai where he has created paintings and mixed-media works, using different kinds of materials, including oil paint, collage, and photography. Over time Chris Gill has created a visual diary of the changing societies in China, documenting and interpreting the reform process in his own style. Chris Gill's work has a sense of magic realism, interweaving myth and reality. Chris Gill's first solo exhibition at ShanghART Gallery will present all new works.

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“I think you could appreciate Chris Gill’s works from the perspective of science fiction!” (Mian Mian, writer, Shanghai)

“In China, he has his own art; in Britain, he represents a part of Chinese art. This is Li Yun Fei and Chris Gill, two cultural personalities.” (Pu Jie, artist and professor of Fine Arts College of Shanghai University)

“Chris Gill reminds me of the Jimi Hendrix quote ‘I used to live in a room full of mirrors. All I could see was me. I took my spirit and I smashed my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.” (Thomas Fuesser, Photographer)

Chris Gill’s solo exhibitions include  Chris Gill: Works on Paper, Stage BACK Gallery, Shanghai (2012); The World Mind, YARD Gallery, Shanghai (2011); Multi local, M50 Creative Space, Shanghai (2010); City of Gold, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2007); Be a better part of the collective consciousness, YARD Gallery Shanghai (2006); “China Work”, Zhu qi zhan Art Museum, Shanghai (1997); Works on Paper, Beijing San Li Tun, with Red Gate gallery, Beijing (1995).

His selected group exhibitions include: Essence of Random- The Secret 7 Document Show, 'Secret 7' artist group, Yang Shanghai Art Space, Shanghai (2012-2013); China Dream, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing (2011); Lost & Found, Stage BACK Gallery, Shanghai (2011); THE POINT OF ZERO -2010 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Duo Lun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2010); Weltschmerz, Stage BACK Gallery, Shanghai (2010); Intervention 3, Wei Hai Road Studios, Shanghai (2009); Stolen Treasures of Modern China, ShanghART Gallery, Beijing and Shanghai (2009).

Chris Gill's works have been published in Stolen Treasures from Modern China (2009), Thomas Fuesser, Short Cuts, Artists in China (Skira, 2012) and many other publications.

Chris Gill Featured Artworks

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Two Clouds by Chris Gill contemporary artwork painting
Chris GillTwo Clouds, 2013Acrylic on silk
43 x 33 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Blue Landscape by Chris Gill contemporary artwork mixed media
Chris GillBlue Landscape, 2013Oil paint with rain water
120 x 160 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Cigarette City by Chris Gill contemporary artwork mixed media
Chris GillCigarette City, 2012Acrylic, cigarette box, paper on canvas
100 x 200 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Rain Series - Rain God Ass by Chris Gill contemporary artwork mixed media
Chris GillRain Series - Rain God Ass, 2011Oil paint, Chinese fragrant ink
130 x 97 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Rain Series, Chinese River by Chris Gill contemporary artwork mixed media
Chris GillRain Series, Chinese River, 2013Oil paint with rain water
160 x 120 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Plum Rains- Clouds by Chris Gill contemporary artwork painting
Chris GillPlum Rains- Clouds, 2010Oil on canvas
75.5 x 116 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Rain Series, Plum Rains Si Nan Rd. by Chris Gill contemporary artwork painting
Chris GillRain Series, Plum Rains Si Nan Rd., 2012Acrylic on canvas
50.5 x 100.5 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Rain Series, Plum Rains by Chris Gill contemporary artwork painting
Chris GillRain Series, Plum Rains, 2010-2011Oil on canvas
97 x 130 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery

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