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BEING-THERE: WORKS BY CHEN SHUXIA
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17 Apr 2015 - 24 May 2015

The University Museum and Art Gallery and The Central Academy of Fine Arts are honoured to display a selection of paintings by Chen Shuxia. An exhibiting artist for the past 30 years, Chen’s artwork builds on the traditional genre of oil painting and its long-practised and western-influenced techniques through the presentation of portraits and still-lifes, subjects and styles informed by her daily observations.

'Being-there' describes a state of "having arrived", as well as of a momentary circumstance; like a still-life that "is there", while the fresh fruit depicted in the painting has long since expired. Grouped under this multifaceted titled, the artworks and accompanying publication gain documentary value as they describe a precise moment —— the current properties and conditions of Chen’s sitters while they "are or were there". The same emotion is then embraced by the artist herself and, in true self-reflexive form, becomes an example of her own place and the assurance of feeling more real in her created space.

This abstract truth is coupled with a poetic tranquillity that transforms the artist’s paintings into something humanistic, warm and undeniably personal. Chen’s interest in folk art and solid painterly techniques allows her to create a visually intimate relationship with her subjects, and brings—both humans and objects—closer to her viewers.

 

Chen Shu-xia

Ornage River

 Oil on Canvas

 180 x 100 cmr

 2006

 

Chen Shu-xia

Three Fruits

 Mixed Media

 29 x 35 cm

 2009

 

Chen Shu-xia

Memories of Youth

 Oil on Canvas

 60 x 50 cm

 2008

 

Chen Shu-xia

Red Umbrella

 Oil on Canvas

 28 x 33 cm

 2014

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