Born and raised in Suzhou, Kim Xu moved to Shanghai to pursue his passion for art and fashion at the age of nineteen. Kim’s art reflects his personality and life experiences, fusing both traditional Chinese watercolor techniques – a skill he learned from his grandfather – and Western-style oil-based techniques. This combination creates truly unique pieces that speak of beauty, passion, love and despair. He is regularly praised as one of China’s most important up-and-coming artists.
Austrian artist Barbara Essl, with master degree from Vienna and professional photography studies at Speos Institute Paris, exhibited for the first time in China in our studio. The showcase featured photographs and over painted mixed media pieces of the renowned photographer cum artist. In preparation for this exhibition, Barbara travelled around Shanghai city and other parts of China and created a special portfolio of locally inspired images which were then finished ‘in residence’ at the Galerie Junger Shanghai atelier studio.
The theme for Qiu Jia’s sculptures come from his longstanding interest in human beings and the human form. His sculptures take inspiration from the routine, mundane motions we all go through daily and reconfigure them into a totally new interpretation. Although he commences his works with a specific human silhouette, the finished art piece is totally transformed. Viewers are brought into the secret realms of his imagination, a sculptural representation of his mind’s eye.
British artist Hannah Stevenson presented “Silk Road and Beyond” in our lifestyle studio. The series captures the unique influence of destinations she has lived in or visited. The paintings engage with architectural environments and wide landscapes – figurative narratives ans storytelling. Stevenson’s methodology of hand cut collage, unique carved pigment print and thin layers of lacquer create pieces that have an autonomous quality.
Born in Shanxi, Qin Ling currently resides in Shanghai and teaches at the Fudan University School of Visual Arts. To him, glass as a medium allows him to freely express his emotions and during the creative process, the glass encapsulates snapshots of his changing emotions and thoughts like pages of a book, as it solidifies from molten state into a solid forms.
Martin Ding creates cityscapes in ink, and from the perspective of a local Shanghainese, he translates what he sees or perceives of the busy city and how over its development and transformation, the spirit of Shanghai is slowly diluted and lost. He worked in the advertising industry as creative director for many years before deciding two years ago to fully concentrate on his artistic career.
Mao Yanyang hails from Chongqing and concentrates in the medium of oil paintings. His works express the modern man’s feelings of being overwhelmed with constant stimulation and information from the TV, mobile phone, tablet, and even the surroundings, etc. He combines these individual memories with historical and current events, all kinds of imagery reflecting social realities to create his artworks.