Title: Summer Group Show 2017
Date: 6th July to 3rd Septeber 2017
Artists: Cyrus Mahboubian, Sun Ju Lee and Shaoyan Li
Arthill Gallery is pleased to announce this year's Summer Group Show which showcases works by Cyrus Mahboubian, Sun Ju Lee and Shaoyan Li. Each of the three artists have a very different way of expressing themselves through a wide range of media; including photography, film, painting, digital print and installation. Even through each have their own approach, they all communicate a clear vision and individual objectives within their artwork.
Cyrus Mahboubian (b. 1986, London) is a British-Iranian artist known for his contemplative approach to photography and his continued use of analogue materials; especially polaroid. He has stated that his intentionally slow process is a response to the increasing influence of technology in modern life.
His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Moscow, Istanbul and Dubai. In 2014 he was an artist-in-residence at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and in 2016 his work was exhibited at the 11th Fotografia Europea Photography Festival in Italy. Mahboubian has taught workshops at venues including Tate Britain and The Photographers’ Gallery.
Sun Ju Lee (b. 1978, Daejeon, Korea) is a London based artist. She studied Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows worldwide. In 2009 she was an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France, and this year she is an artist-in-residence at the National Glass Centre Sunderland. In 2016 her work was exhibited at the International Print Biennale in Newcastle and Seoul Olympic Museum of Art in Seoul. Sun Ju Lee has been a visiting artist and lecturer at University of Leeds, Canterbury, Bedfordshire and in several locations in Korea. She has been awarded the National Glass Centre residency Award in 2016 and the Artist Fellowship Grant for International Residency Programme from the Arts Council Korea in 2009 and 2017.
Shaoyan Li (b. 1980 in Shandong Province, China) graduated in 2002 from Qufu Academy of Fine Arts of Shandong Normal University. Since then his work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions, as well as art fairs in Shandong and other parts of mainland China. He is currently living and working in Shandong, and teaching at the Oil Painting department at Qufu Academy of Fine Arts of Shandong Normal University. The exhibition at Arthill Gallery is Shaoyan Li's exhibiting debut outside of China.
His work is about imperfection, diversity and weakness of human beings. The paintings appear mysterious in colour and content, confusing and intriguing at the same time. Shaoyan's works can be seen as the artist's diary, in a way “confessing” his thoughts and experiences to the viewer.