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The Boundary of Desire

The primary object in Chen Long's new print titled "The Boundary of Desire" is "Bo", a mythological beast featured in the ancient Chinese book of "The Classic of Mountains and Seas". It is horse-like with a white body, black tail, a horn, sharp teeth, four-legged and...

Trudge Through the New Year – My Diary by Cao Ou, Part III

This book, Rong Rong East Village, is about a group of performance artists in the East Village of Beijing in the 1990s, it records the life of their group and the reasons behind their art. It is a fascinating read, although it is about performance art, but the writing...

Trudge through the New Year – My Diary by Cao Ou, Part II

The news continually reports COVID-19 daily on the TV and I think about it every day too. The focus is on numbers, the number of deaths. After a while my mind became numb and I didn't feel nervous anymore. I played games for a few days, my eyes became sore, so I...

Natural Wonder – Yu Chengyou

An air of serenity runs through Yu Chengyou’s prints, found in each      delicate stroke and curve. His wonderful woodcuts show his vision of the Chinese landscape and the natural world with effortless grace.Words by Jake Kennedy, article in issue11 of Pressing...

The power of Art – Zhu Jianhui’s 2020

Words by Zhu Jianhui, edit and translate by Aimin Liu. The coronavirus broke out at the Chinese Spring Festival of 2020. As an artist I created 18 posters, prints and watercolours and published them online. I hoped to encourage people to fight against the virus...

Joined hands to fight the virus – A video created by nine artists

万众一心,携手抗疫 Joined hands to fight the virus 前言 Introduction 因CONVID-19的影响,全球大众皆处于水深火热之中。在这次危难中,我们看到了大自然的权威、生命的脆弱、健康的重要及人性的复杂,我们收获了敬畏、团结、自律、感恩、责任、奉献、信任、勇敢、正直、关爱及思考...... People across the world are going through a difficult time due to the outbreak of CONVID-19. In this...

Trudge through the New Year – My Diary by Cao Ou, Part I

Our whole family drove back to my hometown in Shandong just five days before Chinese New Year’s Eve in 2020. We saw the news about Wuhan’s pneumonia on our phones. The report said it was not serious. I didn’t even watch the news and only heard a few words about it...

A Sketch of the Wuhan Epidemic

Words By Mu Beini at 31/03/2020, translated by Aimin Liu. From the beginning of the epidemic to the end of January, Wuhan shut down the whole city. For me, life did not change that much as I paint and work mostly from home.  City of Wu Han, after shut down. Empty...

“Under the Mask of Us”: He Kun’s Response to the Coronavirus

This week, we are going to talk about our artist He Kun’s latest ink painting series, titled "Under the Mask of Us". This collection of work relates to the impact of the coronavirus on China and we are sharing as part of our ongoing project at present: “Art for Wuhan,...

Awakened Circles by Lu Jun

We are very excited to introduce you to our new artist, Chinese sculptor, Lu Jun. He graduated from the sculpture department of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, and has, for more than 40 years, been engaged in painting, public art, and sculpture. He then lived in...

Narrative Art

Here is another set of artworks created by our artist He Kun, which relate to the impact of the coronavirus on China; this is part of our ongoing project at present - "Art for Wuhan, China". Words by He Kun, edited by ArtChina.  The Coronavirus ravaging our world is...

Art Enables Understanding of Diseases and Healing | 艺术、疾病与治愈

Originally published by CAFA Art Info 人类有多惧怕疾病和死亡?个体的疾病与死亡不仅仅是人类生命体内的破坏与终结,也与生命系统的环境变化和发展有着紧密的联系。自二十世纪以来人类在创造奇迹的同时也在制造着灾难,人类社会物质财富迅猛增长,而与此同时人类对于自然和生物环境的破坏也无以复加。 How much do people fear diseases and death? An individual’s disease and death do not just mean the...

More Art for the People of Wuhan, China

February 10 was the first day back to work in many places outside of Hubei, China. At least hundreds of millions of people have either started working from home or walked into factories or offices wearing masks. It's a tough choice, and all of us can only choose the...

Art for Wuhan, China: He Kun’s Journal

This week, our blog will show a watercolour painting diary series by one of our Chinese artists, He Kun. He started this series from the first day of Chinese year with the intention of recording how did the coronavirus has impacted our daily lives especially during...

Art for Wuhan, China

Yesterday, I wrote a letter to our artists on the behalf of ArtChinaUK. The response was overwhelming. Below is the letter and some of the responses from the artists. I hope, through the art we are sharing, we will bring hope, compassion and love to everyone,...

“Save the Child”: Art for the People of Wuhan by He Kun

Words by Aimin Liu The Decameron, by the 14th century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio, is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose. The book is a collection of 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and the three young men sheltering in a...

A Solo Exhibition by Wuhuan Artist Zhang Lian

The Year of Rat in China didn’t start well, especially in Wuhuan, the capital of Hubei province and the centre of the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Several artist friends of mine are living there. I contacted them through social media, found out they are well and...

Expression Through Mixed Media in Printmaking

Tang Chenghua, a printer, painter and installation artist who teaches at the printmaking department of China Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), has a rich international background as far as academics go. Having floated about between East and West for a decade, Tang...

News from Yu Chengyou in 2020

Chinese New Year will start on 25th January this year, different from most of the countries in the Western world. This is the Year of Mouse in China, as illustrated in the drawing by our young artist Zhu KeCheng below. I recently caught up with one of our all time...

Chen Qi 2019: Renewal and Coexistence

In July 2019, ArtChina artist Chen Qi left his Huan Tie studio after 10 years of working and moved into a new studio located in the Winery International Park Beijing. During the move, a roll of unused paper from a decade ago indicated his artistic practise in...

Liu Shiming: The Spiritual Journey of “Savant II” in New York

As one of the first-generation of native sculptors cultivated in New China, Liu Shiming concluded his artistic creation as the “Chinese Method”, understood from his own experience. In his career as a sculptor that spans more than 60 years, he always maintained a clear...

Shop New Prints & Attend Our Seminar

A Seminar: Investing in Contemporary Chinese Art Mark your calendars: As a part of our ongoing exhibition at Henley & Partners in London, ArtChina will give a seminar on how to invest in art, particularly in Chinese contemporary art, on 6 December, at 20 Grosvenor...

Looking Back: Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2019

Words by ArtChina Founder Aimin Liu Sunday was our last day exhibiting at this year's Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. It was our second time participating in this event. We loved seeing lots of locals walking around with their friends and family, and the fair...

New York, It does not belong to the US, it belongs to the world

It has been nearly two months now I have been holding a place as a Visiting Scholar at the university of Alfred in the US. I spend  my time mostly working in the studio, but I have also been to New York recently to visit museums and galleries which I find stimulating...

Echo of System: Sui Jianguo 1997-2019

Photo: “Echo of System: Sui Jianguo 1997-2019”. Since 1997, Sui Jianguo has explored the rich contexts of “classicism, realism, modernism, political pop, conceptual art, and post-conceptualism” and he has tried multiple type of expressive media such as sculpture,...