GUMPU NAKAMURA (b.1955)
Gumpu Nakamura (b. 1955) is a ceramic artist of Imakutanigama. He studied under his grandfather Suiko Nakamura, and later Tokuda Yasokichi III, a ’living national treasure’. Nakamura has inherited the tradition of multicoloured overglaze porcelain while inventing his very own techniques known as Fukurade and Zen-kutani. The work created by him is a distinctive combination of form and beauty. His very unique Gumpu-Grip Collection, which has become a registered design in 2010, offers a brilliant example of such beautiful harmony.
GU GONGDU (1941 - 2016)
Gu Gongdu was born in Qidong, Jiangsu Province in 1941 and moved to Shanghai as a child. In 1959, he started to study at the College of Fine Art, Shanghai University in both painting and interior design and graduated in 1965. In the same year, he was also appointed professor at the university.
During his 21 years of teaching, his artworks were exhibited in China, Hong Kong, United States, France, Japan, Switzerland, Denmark, among other countries. His works are widely collected around the world and he has received extensive media coverage.
In September 1986, Gu Gongdu was invited by Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris (France) as a visiting scholar and exhibitor. Gu Gongdu was a member of The Shanghai Artists Association, Shanghai Watercolor Research Association and la Maison des Artistes (France). Gu Gongdu also emerged as an important portrait painter, painting portraits of many artists and dignitaries.
Gu Gongdu held four solo exhibitions and six group exhibitions in Paris and exhibited in Salon des Independants at the Grand Palais three times. He is represented in many museums, most recently in the Cernuschi Museum of Chinese Art in Paris.
HONG ZHU AN (b.1955)
Hong Zhu An (b. 1955) was born in Shanghai. As a child, he studied calligraphy under his grandfather and father. From 1973 to 1976 Hong was then trained under the famous art scholar Wang Zidou at the Shanghai Art and Design Academy. During 1989 to 1993 he became a full-time artist in Sydney and then settled in Singapore.
Hong’s art blends scroll painting with Western abstraction to create exquisitely layered paintings and works on paper full of visual harmony and subtlety. Despite the fact that he has trained in both Chinese and Western art, his work is deeply anchored in the Chinese tradition and are characterised by strong yet sophisticated lines and strokes.
His works have been exhibited widely, and have been collected by major institutions such as the Newark Museum, the Spencer Museum of Art, Princeton University Museum, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and Singapore Art Museum.
LIN HAIZHONG (b.1968)
Lin Haizhong (b. 1968), also known as Linquange Zhuren and Woxia Shanren, was born in Hangzhou in 1968. Lin studied at China Academy of Art, earning a doctorate degree from the graduate class specializing in ‘Chinese Paintings’ creation and theory. He is also a professor, doctoral supervisor in the department of Chinese Shanshui at the China Academy of Art.
Unlike some of his peers from the New Scholar School who follow the Ming and Qing traditions, Lin brings the spirit of traditional ink painting into a contemporary context.
Lin is a long time practitioner of Zen meditation, and his practice has deeply influenced his paintings. For the past thirty years, Lin has used ink and brush to express Dao through paintings.
His works have been collected by the British Museum, National Art Museum of China, China Art Museum (previously called Shanghai Meishu Museum) and Guangzhou Museum of Art.
WANG JIANGUO (b.1964)
Wang Jianguo (b. 1964) born in Changchun, Jilin province, Northeast China.
He graduated with bachelor’s degree from the Oil Painting Department at the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1987. Since his graduation, he has been both teacher and practitioner. In 2002, he was appointed as Dean and Professor at Modern Media Department of Jilin Academy of the Arts. He is a member of Chinese Artists Association, counselor member of China Oil Painting Association and vice-chairman of Jilin Province Artists Association.
Wang’s approach to painting has evolved from a lifetime of artistic pursuit. His approach has always been expressive and impressionistic reflecting his absorption in European and Western art. We also see, beyond the impressionistic and expressionistic strokes, a particular focus on nature and on the work, history, and actual life of people in northeast China.
His works have been exhibited in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shenyang, Changchun and other cities; and collected by the National Art Museum of Chinese, financial institutions, art organizations and collectors from many countries.
ZHAO MENG (b.1967)
Zhao Meng (b.1967) is an international contemporary artist and currently associate in research at Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.
Zhao Meng's achievements have experienced the rigorous cultivation of the Chinese Academy of Fine Arts, the ideological nourishment of the ancient I Ching philosophy, and the contemporary pioneering artistic perspective. It not only inherits the charm of Chinese traditional culture, but also absorbs abstract lines of the West, transforming the solid lines with soft lines and the virtual with the real space. It restores the open-mindedness and broadness of “Water benefits all things and does not compete with them” (Tao Te Ching).
This time, Zhao Meng also brings his latest installation series, "Propitious Clouds". In the work "Propitious Clouds “, layers of light and elegant ceramic flakes turn creamy white color, resembling expensive white jade after heat treatment at high temperature. They shine on the background image of ink painting, just like mysterious nubula floating in the sky during night. Or we can say that it is like the free wandering of the author during meditation, which is soft and lingering. By changing the fixed sensory mode, Zhao Meng combines sculptures with ink paintings, lighting devices and other medias to give viewers a multi-faceted appreciation and a new way of interpretation. As the device changes and adapts, the audience can interact with the device at any time to generate their own perceptions.
Zhao Meng's ceramic works describe this wonderful encounter between ancient and contemporary, a philosophical dialogue between the West and the East, a thorough integration of humanity and nature. In the thought roaming across time and space, Zhao Meng's works constantly show us a world of meditation, which is full of tension and possibilities.
ZHENG CHONGBIN (b.1961)
Zheng Chongbin (b. 1961) was born in Shanghai. He earned his B.F.A. from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts) in 1984 and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991.
Zheng’s art works are visually powerful and manifestations of the physical strength of the artist in action. His new ‘Ink Language System’ examines and deconstructs the conventions of traditional ink painting while preserving its qiyun (resonance). Over the past of thirty years, Zheng has systematically explored the productive tension between Chinese ink tradition and western abstract painting. He uses bold, gestural strokes to create abstract imagery with hints of biomorphic forms. Zheng’s works are seemingly monochromatic but upon close inspection they embody a myriad of textures as a result of the interaction between ink, brush and paper, creating a sense of spatial dimension through the layering ink and acrylic.
Zheng’s works have been widely exhibited around the world. His works are represnted in The British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, M+ Museum, Daimler Art Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Orange County Museum Of Art and DSL Collection.