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Chen Li: Paintings from the Heart

  • Coningsby Gallery 30 Tottenham Street London, England, W1T 4RJ United Kingdom (map)

Katrine Levin Galleries brings the captivating works of Royal Academy shortlisted artist Chen Li to the Coningsby Gallery between 19 June to 1 July 2017.

Chen Li (b.1971) lives in the spectacular beauty of Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan Province.

Inspired by Buddhist philosophy and Yunnan's stunning landscapes, Chen Li weaves a unique visual language by fusing the gestural qualities of Chinese ink painting with the colours and textures of Western oil painting.

Chen Li defies painting in any one style. "I never think of formal styles or schools of painting ... and this gives me unlimited possibilities. Just like writing a love letter, content is the key; what pen you use is not important."

I paint to fully express my ideas, my hopes. Chinese art and Western art have different views about reality. But when I paint, I ignore both man-made and natural rules to create living artistic images.”

In his first year on the international stage, Chen Li’s works have found homes in significant private collections in Britain, Italy and the United States and are inspiring a loyal following.  This is his first exhibition in the U.K.

As described by Nicolas Usherwood in the June issue editorial of Galleries Magazine:

With post-millennial globalisation ... artists like Ai Weiwei [are] becoming as familiar in the West as Jeff Koons. But [Weiwei's] art is still essentially Western in its aesthetic - what happened to a Chinese artist who wanted to engage with his own artistic traditions and yet be recognised by a wider audience? These thoughts are provoked by the show of Kunming-based Chen Li's paintings and woodblock prints, put on by gallerist Katrine Levin at Debut Art & The Coningsby Gallery.

Listed as one of the best exhibitions to see in June by About Time Magazine

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