Title: January Group Show 2019
Date: 9th January to 22nd January 2019
Viewing: By appointment only
Artists: Martin Brausewetter, Shi Rongqiang, Wang Changgan, Fang Jun and Liu Yitong
Arthill Gallery is pleased to announce this year's January Group Show which showcases works by Martin Brausewetter, Shi Rongqiang, Wang Changgan, Fang Jun and Liu Yitong. During our time at London Art Fair 2019 this exhibition will take place as an extension of the fair; exhibiting more of the talented contemporary artists we have on our roster. Please note that during the London Art Fair, viewing of the exhibtion will be by appointment only.
Martin Brausewetter started out, mainly as a painter, working on fairly abstract compositions of multiple layers of egg-tempera paint, often scratching their surface with a razor blade, so as to investigate the constitution of matter itself, and of space.
Emerging from an interest of the artist in Quantum Physics and new studies on the function and composition of black holes in the universe, his paintings were searching to convey the various dimensions of reality in which we live. Brausewetter likens his way of working to a pendulum, which movement goes back and forth, between microscopic and macro layers of reality. The compositions resulting in his works cannot be understood as purely abstract, for they express the artist’s interest in the constitution and nature of matter in the universe.
Shi Rongqiang uses traditional Chinese ink painting techniques to create two-dimensional artworks with the addition of subtle lighting. Chinese ceramics from the Tang dynasty – the golden age – Ming dynasty, and Hung dynasty have all had an influence of the texture and colour of his work. This is most apparent in the prominence of the colours white, green and brown and the use of Gong Bi and Baimiao technique throughout his work.
Wang Changgan's printmaking technique allows the artists to make small and detailed edits to his work; with the ability to create multiple copies of the same print. A selection of Changgan’s work to be displayed at London Art Fair are new oil paintings, which are yet to be exhibited in London. Changgan chose printmaking as a way to reflect on his generation's, as well as his personal, interpretation of the spirit of the age, delicate emotions, aspirations and determination of life.
Liu Yitong has worked under Lou Shibai, Ding Ding, Huang Diqi, Wei Jiangqiong, Wang Baisheng, Hong Weifa, Liu Zhengdian, Huang Dawei and other masters of Chinese painting. After studying his craft for 50 years, Yitong has become a master of Chinese ink painting in his own right.
Yitong is heavily influenced by his experience in the technique of wood cut, engraving and printmaking. This can be seen in the diverse expression of the ink throughout his artwork. Similarly, the colours of the pigments are more vibrant and innovative than traditionally used in Chinese ink painting, which tend to only take their pigments form nature.
Fang Jun uses traditional Chinese painting techniques and practices Shan Shui; quite literally meaning ‘mountain water’ these pieces often explore the dichotomy and serendipity between earth and water or, as is seen throughout Jun’s work, land and river. The pigments for the ink paintings are produced by the artist himself, mixing minerals with water. In this way, the landscapes take on a natural appearance, with a limited palette of colours in the traditional blues and greens of the Shan Shui technique. Like all well-esteemed traditional Chinese painters, he combines painting with poetry.