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TRIUMPH|ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair Booth E09
2023.11.02




TRIUMPH GALLERY is pleased to announce that the gallery will attend the 11th edition of ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair at Shanghai Exhibition Center from November 9 to 12, 2023


In this Art fair, the Gallery will present selected works of 12 artists at Booth E09, which includes Guan Yinfu, Han YongJi DachunLou ShenyiLu HaoNashunbatuTu XiWang Yabin, Werner Büttner, Xu HongxiangXu Qu, and Zhang Kai




ART021 SHANGHAI CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR


VIP PREVIEW

11/09    13:00 - 20:00
11/10    13:00 - 20:00


PUBLIC DAYS

11/11    11:00 - 18:00
11/12    11:00 - 18:00


VENUE

SHANGHAI EXHIBITION CENTER
NO.1000 MIDDLE YANAN ROAD



Artists
Guan Yinfu
Guan Yinfu was born in 1975  in Heilongjiang, China. Guan Yinfu graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, Theatre Arts department, Stage Design major in 2002, currently lives and works in Beijing. 

The art of Guan Yinfu is the kind of art that submits to, grasps, and utilizes materiality, allowing paint, the most commonplace material for painters, to vocalize in its own way.  He emphasized the material volume and industrial homogeneity of paint, and based on this, he has engendered a sensual form that’s correspondent to today’s material world.  Acrylic, polyurethane, stainless steel, plywood, wooden crates, and various mediums—these processed materials that often appear in Guan Yinfu’s works are familiar but redundant, abundant but homogenous, in contemporary Chinese urban life.  In comparison to the increasingly digital and virtual society, they seem a bit outmoded and obsolete, which bestow them a sense of authenticity.  This kind of experience emerges in his works as a sense of inertia—all of this creates a sense of installation in Guan Yinfu’s works, although the artist has never intentionally elucidated any social issue in his works.
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Artists
Han Yong
Han Yong Han Yong was born in 1978 in Yanbian, Jilin, China. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Yanbian University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree. He graduated from the Fourth studio of the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2008 with a master's degree. Han Yong currently lives and works in Beijing.

For Han Yong, such innocent and effortless painterly expression is perhaps hisresistance to our time and his persistence towards the fond memories and imagination deep-down.  This quality has always been there since the dawn of Han Yong's career.  Han Yong's paintings has something that parallels temporal categories such as "fashion," "trend," or "movement," or they rather exist as a poetic entity that doesn't govern by temporality.  Han Yong's paintings are the maximum expression of his sensibility and even, his nature under the control of reason.  Narratives are laid bare in the compositions with ease, lacking any "useless" tracks.  He is always to leap out of our mundane timeline a few times, maybe just a few, but they are all encapsulated in his pictures.tracks.  He is always to leap out of our mundane timeline a few times, maybe just a few, but they are all encapsulated in his pictures.
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Ji Dachun
Ji Dachun was born in 1968 in Nantong, Jiangsu, China. He graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Oil Painting Department, Beijing, China in 1993. As one of the most representative Chinese contemporary artists, Ji Dachun is widely noticed for his distinctive personal style. His paintings are witty, humorous, ethereal and tranquil, and full of romantic poetry and Zen. In particular, his choice and persistence in easel painting, in an environment where installations, images, pictures, and multimedia methods are becoming more popular, it highlights its unique expressive charm and profound significance.

After having produced many of his now-widely recognized figurative paintings from his early career, Ji Dachun (b. 1968) begins to gravitate towards acrylic, a medium that is comparatively lighter and less saturated than oil paint.  Initially he was obsessed with the viscous pictorial effect of acrylic, and later on there were his serial explorations of the themes of “Black” and “White”. Throughout this entire process, he has experimented with Payne’s gray—which he considered an unstable pigment color—in terms of how it presents different shades of transparencies, textures, and tonal layers on the canvas.  He experimented so as to grasp the relationship between the subject of paint, the residue, and the image.  Through this project, Ji Dachun endeavors to grasp his own position within the coordination of (art) history and reality and comes up with his own rationales to experiment with—or deconstruct—paint in a perhaps attempt to approximate the boundaries of finite things.

Ji has held solo exhibitions at LudwigMuseum (Koblenz,Germany), MACRO Museo d‘Arte Contemporanea Roma (Rome, Italy), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China), Kunstmuseum Bern (Bern, Switzerland), Posco Museum (Seoul, South Korea) and other art institutions. His works have been exhibited in the 56th Venice Biennial, 2012 Gwangju Biennale Special Exhibition, The First Triennial of Chinese Arts, 2001 Chengdu Biennale, 2000 Shanghai Biennale, the 1st China Oil Painting Biennale and the 2nd 2ed Annual China Oil Painting Exhibition.
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Artists
Lou Shenyi
In December 1973, Lou Shenyi was born in the county town of Fenghui in Shangyu, Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. He was admitted to the Affiliated High School of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1989 and entered the Mural Painting Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (CAFA) in 1993. He has been teaching at China Academy of Art (CAA) since his graduation in 1997.

Lou’s painting draws from a broad range of topics benefiting from his childhood reading experience.  Journey to the West, Buddhist sutras,  pastoral sceneries, exotic landscapes, and portraiture are his favourites. After many years of diversified drawing experiments, Lou found his predilection for the rudimentary technique of outlining and colouring, i.e. outlining with markers and colouring with unmixed colours, which brings a concise, powerful, and visually impactful pleasure.

Lou perceives the world with childlike eyes, “I found naivety rather wise: the more superficial it appears, the closer it gets to the profound.”
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Lu Hao
Lu Hao was born in Beijing in 1969, graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992.  He served as the curator for the Chinese Pavilion at the 53rd Venice International Art Biennale and also became the exclusive designer for a limited edition Ferrari sports car in 2009, he held the position of foreign art consultant for the Paris City Government from 2009 to 2013. Currently lives and works in Beijing.

Lu Hao's artistic practice contains various mediums, including sculpture, photography, installation art, ink painting, and oil painting.  His creations are rooted in Chinese forms and culture, exploring themes related to urban architecture, living environments, and lifestyles, while providing keen insights into the changing landscape of Chinese society.  Since the 1990s, Lu Hao has participated in many international exhibitions, including the Documenta Kassel, Busan Biennale, São Paulo Biennial, Shanghai Biennale, Istanbul Biennial, Lyon Biennale, and Venice Biennale, etc., among other influential international exhibitions, and his works have been collected by renowned domestic and international art museums, art institutions and important collectors.
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Artists
Nashunbatu
Nashunbatu was born in 1969 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Inner Mongolia Normal University in 1989. From 2000 to 2006, he studied at the University of  Fine Arts in Braunschweig, Germany, Where he was awarded the Scholarship of the Foundation for Cultural Heritage of Braunschweig (SBK) in 2006. Currently lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, he mainly works with contemporary oil paintings. 

Formal analytic and thematic consideration of Nashunbatu’s work shows that the works articulate their quality at the two levels that are relevant to the medium of painting. A reflexive approach to the possibilities of painting after the end of painting, and a unique experience associatively legible at the thematic level, which can be read as a critical commentary on the current state of our relation to subject/self and the world, come together. The twin poles of the horizon of meaning in Nashun Nashunbatu’s art illustrates the potential of a contemporary approach to painting that interrelates a wide spectrum of relational fields and gives pictorial expression to virulent experiences of our condition as contemporary individuals.
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Artists
Tu Xi
Tu Xi was born in 1982 in China, graduated from Renmin University of China School of Arts in 2006, and graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. Currently living and working in Beijing. 

In Tu Xi’s work, the shapes, colours, the texture of the materials, and the spatial language create a real scene that is accessible and tangible to viewers. The images are the collection of personal experience and collective unconscious with humanistic concern.
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Wang Yabin
Wang Yabin was born in Henan Province in 1974 and graduated from the Art Department of Henan Normal University in 1994. Currently lives and works in Zhengzhou, Henan Province and Huangshan, Anhui Province.

As a leading figure in Chinese contemporary painting, Wang Yabin specializes in using western painting techniques to display eastern landscapes and figures. He says, "It is my artistic choice to draw on the forms and languages of Western art with Eastern aesthetic thought and Chinese culture as the core".

His paintings have always presented a rich look and coherent threads, starting from a keen inner experience, incorporating complex thoughts and emotions into the language of painting. Each stage of his works is unique, and he completes the transformation of his artistic language amidst different experiences and perceptions, with varied themes that keep advancing in the midst of extension.
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Artists
Werner Büttner
Werner Büttner was born in Jena, Germany in 1954, currently lives and works in Geesthacht, Germany.  In his early years, Werner Büttner went through the East-West German Cold War. With experience as a prison social worker and legal aid provider, Büttner is renowned for drawing out deeper layers of meaning from quotidian life that at first glance seem banal.  He has a unique ability to observe and interpret the experiences of different social strata of humanity amidst turbulent overarching circumstances. His canvases and collages depict a tragi-comic reality, confronting social norms with both irony and satire, while retaining a firm grip on the history of painting.

Driven by this unapologetic philosophy, Büttner, alongside Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997, Germany) and Albert Oehlen (b.1954), became a reactive voice in Hamburg in the late 1970s. The trio felt that art needed to depict the failures of human morality within society. The subversive visual language they shaped, dubbed ‘Bad Painting’, dispensed with painterly conventions of technique and taste, in favour of an aesthetic that defiantly reinvented the medium.
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Xu Hongxiang
Xu Hongxiang was born  in 1984 in Changsha, Hunan, China. He graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007 with a bachelor´s degree, graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2011 with a master's degree, and now lives and works in Beijing.

Xu Hongxiang’s artistic practice often revolves around painting. Project-based painting series with narrative contents and oil paintings centered on landscapes are the two parallel creative approaches that punctuate his career. "Image",  "body", and "the relationship between painting and reality" are the overarching themes he has been trying to explore in his multi-media painting projects throughout the years. The traits of his highly stylized painting, which included a signature saturated palette, are the fragments that reflect such themes.

Xu Hongxiang’s  selected  solo  exhibitions  and  projects  includes: "Xu Hongxiang: Ancient Posts"  (Xie Zilong Photography Museum, Changsha, 2023), "Xu Hongxiang: Displaced  Images"  (Triumph  Gallery, Beijing, 2022), "Xu  Hongxiang: An  Exuberant View" (Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, 2021), "Xu Hongxiang: One Night While Hunting for Faeries" (Loft8  Galerie,  Vienna,  2019), "Not Dark Yet - Xu Hongxiang Solo Exhibition" (Triumph Gallery, Beijing, 2018), "Shuffling the Cards" (Parallel Vienna, Vienna, 2018),  "Li Qiang" (Changsha,  2016), "In the Field"  (Changsha,  2016),  "Xu Hongxiang Solo Exhibition" (SZ Art Center, Beijing, 2014). Selected group exhibitions includes:   "Follow the Rabbit - Talking stock of a collection and its reception through contemporary Chinese art"  (Museum Liaunig, Austria, 2023),  "History and Reality: Contemporary Art of China"  (Bulgarian National Museum of Art, Sofia, 2018),  "Visual Questions" (Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, 2017), "Oriental Story" (National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2017),"Centripetal Force" (SCA Galleries, Sydney, 2017), "In Silence - China Contemporary Art" (Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, 2014).
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Artists
Xu Qu
Xu Qu was born in 1978 in Jiangsu, China.  Xu Qu graduated with a  MFA in Fine Arts and Film at Braunschweig University of Art, Germany in 2008.  The artist is currently lives and works in Beijing.

Xu Qu conveys his attitude towards society and his understanding of the world through artistic practice.  He focuses on exploring the interconnections among social systems in different dimensions and fields.  Starting from a profound insight into social reality, Xu Qu uncovers the subtle aspects within his field of vision, revealing the macro through a grasp of the micro.  He navigates through various value systems and aesthetic experiences, extending his reflections on the interplay of social systems.  Guided by his pursuit of concise and clear presentation, Xu Qu employs diverse media to address different topics, resulting in a multidimensional artistic practice that encompasses painting, performance, video, installation, and sculpture.

Xu Qu's recent solo exhibitions include Xu Qu: Advent, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China, 2023;  Xu Qu: Central Axis, Tang Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2023;  Xu Qu: Rejuvenation, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2021;  Xu Qu: Straight Line, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, China, 2021;  Desert, Each Modern, Taipei, China, 2020;  Fineness, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong, China, 2019;  Chaos, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy, 2019;  Ache, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China, 2018.  Xu Qu has participated in group exhibitions at renowned institutions both domestically and internationally, including Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris, France), K11 Art Foundation (Hong Kong, China), UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China), Taikang Space (Beijing, China), OCAT Shanghai (Shanghai, China), 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, China), Long Museum (Shanghai, China), Guangdong Times Art Museum (Guangzhou, China), Song Art Museum (Beijing, China),  and He Art Museum (Foshan, China).
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Artists
Zhang Kai
Zhang Kai was born  in 1985 in Shanxi, China. He graduated from the School of Arts, Shanxi Normal University, currently works and lives in Beijing. 

In his painting, the protagonists are personified and spiritualized cats and rabbits, which present the tranquil, mysterious and poetic atmosphere. Through the synthesis and reconstruction of the classical and the contemporary, Zhang Kai presents his thinking on time, spirit, appearance and essence, starting from his analysis of art history from the contemporary perspective, and his own aesthetic tendencies.
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