Jun Chen

BLOOM

8 October — 24 October 2020

Born 1960, China
Lives and works in Brisbane

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The calligraphic arts of China have for millennia been a fundamental building block for the advancement of science and culture. The delicate brushwork records the prose of the philosophers and writers, from the ancients to the contemporary. It is a pure form of artistic symbolism as language.

The meditative fluidity of the calligraphic hand translates ideas and passions, allowing the author to live long past their mortal existence. Every nuance and accent of the brush and ink emphasises the meaning and power of the message. The power of the medium extends to the landscape tradition of ancient China. Text and image—the two forms of expressive communication—are interrelated and inform each other, harmonised and precise in their meaning and intent on the long scrolls of delicate parchment.

It is within this historical context that the artist Jun Chen immerses himself every day before approaching his easel and canvas.  As the black ink meets paper with transcribed poetry, Chen breaks the solitude of his studio. He connects in a deeply personal conversation with a tradition that runs deep within him, while his training as a traditional landscape painter in his homeland comes to the fore. Physically, this ritual hones the coordination of the eye—hand and mind—centring him and sharpening the precision of his skills. It is this clarity that provides the platform for Chen to weave lines and colour in oil paint into a tapestry of intent. It is from this methodology that the viscous oil paintings in Bloom have been born. 

There is an integrity to the expressive composition in the works. Closed or open in their construction, the skill of the artist is evident allowing his audience to travel to another place. It is a philosophical inquiry into the experience of landscape. The poetic relationship between form, line and colour is profound.

Harmony and dynamism duel for attention throughout the interwoven colours executed in short and long swaths of oil paint. The perfection of his placement and tonal understanding—combined with the clarity of colour give strength to his unbroken vision of the world of contemplation. At its heart, the paintings in Bloom remind us to recognise what we have in this world and the beauty that abounds. Jun Chen does not set out to change the world, but through his deep understanding of it, he just might do that. His goal is to create quiet moments that allow us to rest our mind and take the time to enjoy the experience. Ultimately, it is through this process that we replenish our collective soul.


Ralph Hobbs
October, 2020

\ Exhibition featured works

Jun Chen

Banana Trees

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

Jun Chen

Birds

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 120 x 127cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Blue Sky

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Blue Sky II

2020 \ 100 x 102cm \ 80.5 x 85cm

Jun Chen

Blue Sky with Jacaranda Tree

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Bush

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 137 x 180cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Grey Sky with Magnolia

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 80.5 x 85cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Grey Sky with River

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ F. 90 x 93.5cm

Jun Chen

Grey Yellow

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Lilies

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Lilies 2

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 136.5 x 250cm

Jun Chen

Magnolia with fence

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Purple Trees in Bush I

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 136 x 200cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Purple Trees in Bush II

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Red Magnolia II

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 86 x 90cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Red Trees

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 137 x 180cm

Jun Chen

Red and Yellow

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 137 x 180cm

Jun Chen

River I

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

Jun Chen

Small Hills

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Small Road

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 137 x 160cm

Jun Chen

The Park

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Trees with Water

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Two Figures Near the River

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 123 x 101cm

Jun Chen

Two Red Trees

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 80.5 x 85cm

Jun Chen

White Trees

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Yellow Bush

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 136.5 x 200cm

Jun Chen

Yellow Magnolia Trees

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 136 x 200cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Yellow Trees I

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Yellow Trees II

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

Jun Chen

Yellow Trees III

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

SOLD

\ Other exhibitions

Blak Douglas

Corroboration Nation

26 November — 12 December 2020

Renata Pari-Lewis

Intimate

24 November — 5 December 2020

Tom Adair

Weekender

18 November — 21 November 2020

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