Never Land: Young Artist Group Exhibition

Never Land: Young Artist Group Exhibition

Saturday, May 19, 2012Sunday, June 10, 2012


Beijing, China

Never Land
Young Artist Group Exhibition

Reception: May 19, 2012, 15:00
Duration: May 19 - June 10, 2012

Venue: Triumph Art Space

Early summer, luxuriantly green season, Triumph will present an up and coming artist group show, Never • land, including paintings from Zhang Kai, Sun Yi, Li Tianyi and Yao Hongyan. From May 19 to June 10, it will bring you to the Never Never Land to meet the habitants.

Zhang Kai paintings are the perfect fusion of classical techniques and individualized personification. For him, appropriation is a good way of expression. In such a subtle balance, the artist forms a mellifluous atmosphere by which he breaks down barriers that separate imagination and real world to build a maze of artistic language. In the hustle and bustle of city life, Zhang Kai tries his best to create a Pure Land in his paintings, his inner world where he can live in solitude and serenity. It is his faith to art that is conveyed from the exquisite images in his painting, no crazy youth, but innocence and tranquility.

Sun Yi doesn't ignore any space in his paintings. He paints many things which are seemingly totally irrelevant to surprise his viewers. Inclined buildings, floating castles, ambiguous tomatoes, poker face kings, sexy queens, and the dynamic background of clouds(maybe smoke?), are all related to each other under Sun Yi's brush. Sun Yi is a member of the first generation after reform and open policy. With the fast internationalization of China, many foreign culture and art trends surprised and influenced China on a large scale, like a fast-moving river, left its trace in the after 80s generation's life.

Li Tianyi's works are mechanistic and rhythmical. The summarized figures are very conceptual. Weakened facial features and big eyes endow the figures in his painting with strong contrast between mechanistic appearances and inner spiritual world. This joyful absurd and black humor are the main approaches by which the artist expresses his feelings, as well as fulfills his will to reshape time.

Mysterious blue undersea world and wounded and scared sea animals combine the theme of Yao Hongyan's paintings. The filamentous blood diffusing in water seems to be animals' silent denounce to human beings' violence. The contrast between violence, blood, these powerful elements and the serenity and remoteness of undersea world reflects the conflict between human desire and nature.