The Yan Club Arts Center is exhibiting
pop artist Yin Kun, who was born in 1962 in Sichuan
Province. His distorted, surrealistic images---usually children and infants
with outsized heads in high fashion or politics--are straightforward
and strangely beautiful. Yin Kun has exhibited this year for the first
time in Holland.
Also exhibiting is Han Xuejun, a native
of Beijing (born in 1968). After graduating from the Tianjin Academy
of Fine Arts with a degree in oil painting, he traveled through the Qinghai-Tibet
Highlands and was inspired by the scenery, local customs and simple way
of life. He invites us to discover the “spiritual charm” of
vivid regional differences.
Xiao Se was born in 1970 in Beijing.
He graduated from the Beijing Arts and Design School with a degree in
Environmental Art. In 1990 he worked as an art designer at the Beijing
Music Hall and furthered his studies at the Design Department of the
Central Academy of Arts and Design in Beijing. He has been singled out
as one of the emerging oil artists by the well-known Chinese art magazine, Fine
Gallery exhibits western artists alongside Chinese contemporaries. Tan
Ping, born in Chengde in 1960, is known for printmaking. After
graduating in 1984 from the Printmaking Department of Central Academy
of Fine Arts in Beijing, Tan Ping won the West German Cultural Exchange
Scholarship (DAAD) and completed a Master of Arts in the Free Art Department
of Berlin Art University. Tan Ping has exhibited extensively in both
Germany and China.
Lionel Bawden was born
in 1974 in Auburn, New South Wales. He took a BA in visual arts and painting
at the ANU Institute of the Arts, Canberra School of Art. From 1995-1996
he was a six month exchange student at the Oil Painting Workshop at China
National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou province. He lives and works
in Sidney, Australia and exhibits extensively throughout the Pacific
Robin Best was born in Perth, Western
Australia in 1953. She obtained a Graduate Diploma Visual Arts, University
of South Australia and before that a Diploma in Design/Ceramics from
South Australian School of Art. Her recent work researches the origins
and migration of the arabesque patterns through Asia and Europe. Her
work may be found in the National Gallery of Scotland, Seto Cultural
Centre, Japan, Art Gallery of South Australia, and Art Gallery of Tasmania,
Ri Williamson is a New Zealand artist
who looks at “the current epidemic of package or ready-made housing
and rolling subdivision.” After graduating from the University
of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Ri Williamson exhibited
installations around New Zealand, São Paulo and Hong Kong before winning
a three month residency at Red Gate Gallery. As Beijing is the world’s
largest construction site with the 2008 Olympics push, Ri Williamson
should have more than a little local inspiration.
Wang Qiang is a conceptual
artist born in Hangzhou in 1957. His theme is the deliberate and often
ironic mixing of East-West, something we have seen from Chinese artists
since the Eighties blossoming of the Beijing Art scene.
The art in Beijing is often startling and
sometimes very tender. The new tendency toward inclusion of Western artists
in Beijing will add vibrancy and dialogue which is positive and exciting.
Yan Club Arts Center
Red Gate Gallery