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Wang Chaogang Blossoming Plum Tree, 2012. Oil over acrylic on canvas, signed and dated at lower right, signed, titled and dated verso, 180 x 135 cm (70 7/8 x 53 1/8 in). £16000 – £18000.
LONDON.- An exciting new venture brings together the art market auction expertise of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and the Chinese cultural and artistic experience of Yourun International (UK) Art Investment & Management Ltd. With the combined aim of raising international awareness of emerging Chinese artists 150 contemporary works of art will, for the first time, be exhibited and go under the hammer between 2nd – 7th September at Mall Galleries in London.

There is an ancient Chinese proverb, which defines the transitional period between the young and the mature known as Blue & Yellow, with blue signifying youth and yellow, maturity. Entitled, ‘Blue & Yellow, Swift Transitions of Self’, the exhibition is to be understood with this Chinese idiom in mind and will show works by over 100 emerging Contemporary Chinese artists. Participating artists have been sourced directly from the most acclaimed art academies in China. The range of works on offer provides the collector or investor with a stunning range of contemporary Chinese artwork, with pieces to suit all tastes, and prices to suit all pockets. This exhibition will capture the vibrancy of the current Contemporary Art scene in China and bring it to London collectively for the first time and offer the discerning art buyer a rare opportunity to invest in the future of the Chinese art market.

An extremely talented artist, Fang Zanru’s technique creates a stunning fusion of the traditional and contemporary in both the Chinese and Western art forms. She sees herself as part of the unseen scenery, through her painting she tries to explain the way she looks at the world and some of the countries she has only experienced through the artwork of the old masters. Her work flows effortlessly between guessing and interpreting these unseen lands where art can continue to develop. Zanru began studying in the Oil Painting department at the China Academy of Art in 2009. Highly influenced by the masters, in particular Piero della Francesca, and contemporary artists that draw on the traditional technique, such as Balthus, she favours works that have a deep connection with tradition. Her representative works, the “Invisible Landscape” series, have been exhibited in China where they have been well received resulting in her being awarded two important scholarships in 2012.

An exciting mixture of artists call on both traditional and modern techniques and inspiration that weaves its way magically through this collection of contemporary works, each artist displaying a unique tone and style. Amongst the most established of the artists is Wang Chaogang, Deputy Director of the Oil Painting Department at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. His fascination for ancient Chinese culture and profound understanding of Western art creates a juxtaposition of modernity and traditionalism throughout his workm, which is largely based on the natural elements. In 2006 Chaogang traveled and lived in Europe as a visiting scholar at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. His experiences and cultural observations are very much a part of his artistic endeavours.

A preoccupation with the natural world infuses Zang Chunji’s work and his paintings stand testament to his deep rooted belief of the power of the natural world to attract an audience. As the original creative source his work is inspired by his unique understanding of “landscape” and “scenery.” He describes Chinese artists as being too close to nature and western artists as being too detached and throughout his work he strives to highlight what both approaches neglect, nature’s own forces. A teacher at the Sichuan Academy of fine Art, Chunji’s works are collected and exhibited by the Ministry of Culture Exchange Center, Xiangning Art Museum, and the CITIC Industrial Bank. His current work belongs to “A Central White” series which was exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2008.

Many of the artists having not exhibited internationally before so, this unique exhibition makes way for an exciting and rare opportunity to witness the Chinese Contemporary art scene first hand. All works are due to be auctioned at Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on Saturday 7th September 2013 and will be on exhibition in the same venue between 2nd -7th September. The catalogue for this ground-breaking collection can be found online at http://www.bloomsburyauctions.com/auction/36070





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