Exhibition Tokyo

Ye Jian Qing Area Energy
2016.9.3 (sat) - 10.15 (sat)

-Opening Reception 

2016.9.3 (sat)16:00-18:00

at Tokyo Gallery+BTAP | Tokyo

Tokyo Gallery + BTAP is very honoured to present an exhibition by a Chinese painter Ye Jian Qing. On view at our gallery space in Tokyo from September 3rd to October 15th, this show marks the artist’s first exhibition scale solo presentation in Japan, which premieres 10 newly executed oil paintings from the City Landscape series.

Ye Jian Qing was born in the southern Chinese city of Ninghai in 1972. He graduated from the Mural Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) in 1998, and received a Ph.D. in advanced canvas research there in 2007. He currently lives and works in Beijing. His graduation project, Immigration, was awarded the First Prize by CAFA and received the Gang-song Family Arts Fund’s Okamatsu Scholarship. He currently teaches in the Mural Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

When he moved to Beijing from southern China, the different atmosphere inspired him to create works with the “urbanscape” as his subject. Later, having observed the rapid development of cities personally, Ye developed a new series, entitled City Landscape, which deeply considered the interior state of people who live in a modern mechanical society.

From a young age Ye deeply admired Gerhard Richter and engrossed himself in the creation of photo paintings. In his works, Ye depicts everyday landscape photographs on the canvas, and, in reproducing a scene, makes the entire picture plane abstract. While using oil paint, he applies brushwork, blurred gradations, shading, and compositional strategies from traditional Chinese ink painting. Unlike realistic photo paintings, Ye creates a three-dimensional space using soft inky hues throughout, without drawing any contours. Facing pictures that deftly express the drifting atmosphere and texture of the light, viewers feel the sensation of placing themselves bodily into the depicted scene. In adding qiyun shengdong (spiritual resonance and lifelike motion)—the essence of Chinese traditional ink painting—to his works, Ye continues to pursue the possibilities of Eastern aesthetics in modern oil painting.

The opening reception is scheduled from 4pm to 6pm on September 3rd with the artist in attendance.