Chen Ping

Returning Lives

1 October — 16 October 2015

Born 1962
Lives and works Hobart

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

I traverse world-layers: spirit, ritual and reality, mingling descriptions of man with forms of Chinese calligraphic art and folk art. This is where I once again let my spirit fly.

Hobart-based Chen Ping is an artist for whom the natural environment, world history (both mythic and actual) and the flights and falls of acute consciousness intersect to open a world—the world—of multifarious dimensions. Guo Xi, a long-standing member of the eleventh-century Imperial Academy in the Northern Song Dynasty, regarded landscape as ultimately a reflection of the cosmos. Similarly, underpinning all of Ping’s works are his mediations on life and the frailty of the human condition.

Ping maintains traditional Chinese cultural values while exploring concepts from a contemporary Western perspective. His exceptional academic understanding of drawing informs his coherent and synesthetic painting, where the broad strokes of colour of landscapes and the thin lines of peaks, ranges and Chinese text characters (calligraphic gestures) are composed to produce a saturated and tonally diffuse dialectic.

“My work is a complex and inclusive art language. It is neither purely abstract nor purely expressive, while being both conceptual and realistic.”

Ping, born and schooled in China, including at the prestigious Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the School of Art, University of Tasmania. His work is held in numerous important private collections around the world, as well as local institutional gallery collections. Ping is a regular exhibitor on the international art fair circuit, most notably the Personal Structures exhibition, part of the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013. In 2014 his Unseen Mountain was the official gift of the Tasmanian Government to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan.

Ralph Hobbs
2015

 

\ Exhibition featured works

Chen Ping

Colourful Bird and Ink Mountain

2014 \ Oil on canvas \ 152.5x182.8cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Colourful Birds, Beast and Ink Trees

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 152.5x182.8cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Coming to Modern

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 180x210cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Electronic Rainbow Ink Forest

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 152.5x182.8cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Electronic Rainbow, Thousand Eyes

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 152.5x182.8cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Green Mountain and Returning Beast

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 122.8x92.5cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Ink Forest

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 122.8x152.5cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Love Story

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 92.5x122.8cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Returning Beasts and a Hand with Eye

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 182.8x152.5

SOLD

Chen Ping

Returning Lives

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 122.8x92.5cm

SOLD

Chen Ping

Shadow Puppet and Villagers 2

2015 \ Oil on canvas \ 152.5x122.8cm

SOLD

\ Other exhibitions

Paul Ryan

The Colonies

26 October — 11 November 2017

Many Hands, Home of the Namatjira Artists

Group Exhibition

10 October — 20 October 2017

Anthony Lister

Homeless Among the Gum Trees

13 September — 6 October 2017

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to find out more about Returning Lives.

Level 1 66 King Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday Or by appointment *From 26 October, 2017 our new gallery address will be 12-14 Meagher Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008