Hua Gallery is pleased to exhibit a series of intriguing and fascinating works by Chinese contemporary artist, Xuhong Shang, centred around current global concerns and exploring the struggle between imagination and reason.
Established in 2011, Hua Gallery specializes in the exciting space that is Chinese contemporary art. Hua Gallery represents and exhibits cutting edge, stimulating works by established contemporary Chinese artists, as well as emerging contemporary Chinese artists who are not as yet discovered internationally. Situated on the Albion Riverside, Hua Gallery is London’s only Chinese contemporary art gallery with a permanent exhibition space of this size and scale.
Duration: 25 September - 31 October 2012 (Mon-Fri: 9.30 am – 6 pm, Sat: 11am – 6pm)
Location: Unit 7B, G/F, Albion Riverside, 8 Hester Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4AX
“The ambiguity in my work expresses the uncertainty of reality. We ourselves have caused such uncertainty. The fact is that our conscience has created names for things around us, thus generating a sense of distance and, essentially, the world where we live. The conflicting relationships that we experience are all based on a structure built by our cultural background, our imagination, and ourselves. However, this intricately designed structure only has bubble-like permanence; it is just as conflicting as everything else in the world.”
Born in Shanghai, China, Xuhong Shang received a B.A. degree in Painting from Shanghai Teachers University, his M.A. degree in painting from Illinois State University and his M.F.A. degree in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Currently he is serving as a Professor of Painting, Head of the Studio Program (Painting, drawing and printmaking), and Graduate Faculty Member at Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Art and Design.
He has exhibited his art work at such venues as the Nexus Contemporary Art Centre, Atlanta; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut; Contemporary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan; Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art; Kumamoto Fine Arts Museum; Richard Gray Gallery and Sotheby’s in Chicago; Sotheby’s in Tel Aviv and Vienna; Plum Blossoms Galleries in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York City; Leda Fletcher Gallery in Geneva; Hua Gallery in London; Contrasts Gallery, Eastlink Gallery and Stir Gallery in Shanghai.
Articles on his work have appeared in NY Arts, Sculpture, Art Papers and Asian Art News magazines as well as in such newspapers as The Atlanta Constitution and Nashville Scene. His art work has been included in books and catalogues including New American Paintings (Vol.16); International Young Art 2000, Sotheby’s; Euro Art 2000, BCN Art Directe's of Barcelona, Spain; and Mapping The Self, Telfair Museum of Art; also a book/catalogue entitled Representation / Reality, Xuhong Shang published by Plum Blossoms International Ltd., in the spring of 2001, and a catalogue entitled Xuhong Shang/Momentary published by Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in May 2007.
He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Art Federation Regional Visual Arts Fellowship (1995); and an Art Matters Fellowship (1993). He maintains studios both in the United States and Shanghai, China.