Zhong Chen

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Oil on Canvas 198 x 183 cm
$90,000[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][us_gallery ids=”8288″ layout=”masonry” columns=”5″][vc_column_text 0=””]

Zhong Chen

陈中

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text 0=””][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text 0=””]Born in Guangdong, China, 1969

Lives and works in Melbourne

Zhong Chen is an internationally renowned and collected artist, who now lives and paints in Australia. Zhong was born in Zhongshan in China, where he was raised by his mother and her extended family, while his father lived and worked in Hong Kong. As a small child, while his mother worked, he would entertain himself drawing. His first introduction to art was when a friend took him to into the Zhongshan Cultural Centre…Zhong was captivated, this was the beginning of his artist journey. With the economic reforms occurring in the 1970’s, China was beginning to open up to the West. As the tight communist control was starting to relax, individual pursuits such as art were now not seen as such a threat to the State. Zhong’s supporting family encouraged and supported him in his passion for art. When Zhong reached his teens, he began a formal education in the arts in Zhongshan. Zhong received a strong education in Chinese art concentrating on Chinese ink brush techniques as well as landscape and portraiture. Zhong continued his formal Chinese art education at Hubay School of Fine Arts, whilst continuously experimenting away from the traditional Chinese style back at home. Zhong became more interested in ‘Western’ art and longed to converse with western artists to have dialogue about their creative processes.

In 1988 Zhong was supported by his family to travel and study in Australia on the basis he must do a one year English course once he arrived. Zhong settled in Adelaide, South Australia and completed a bachelor of Arts degree with honours. Zhong very quickly found an empathy between Chinese and Australian cultures through their shared focus on the historical significance of landscape painting. The importance and acceptance of this genre of painting throughout the Australian art world gave Zhong the confidence to explore the subject of cultural and transcultural identity within a new environment. Zhong’s early work in 1996 “Stupid Laughing Series” explores the identity of people standing in landscapes that they may not originally belong in. Ordinary people in beautiful Australian landscapes whose vastness alone suggests isolation and possible alienation. As Zhong Chen’s work has evolved the formal brush strokes of traditional Chinese painting can always be seen. In 1997 Zhong won a Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, which enabled him to travel and study at Chelsea College of Arts in London, where in 1998 he obtained a Master of Fine Arts. By now Zhong was experimenting at such as pace though still with the thoughts of depicting the artist, constantly exploring his own identity as well as trying to unravel the thought process of a western artist. His work evolved to a more photographic palette giving his painting a more realist appearance.

As Zhong travelled and absorbed new insights of culture and artistic influences, as well as further experimentation and fine homing of techniques, there was constant evolution of his work.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Zhongshan, China in 1969 and arrived in Australia in 1989.
1998    Masters of Fine Arts, Chelsea School of Art
1996    Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), University of SA
1994    Diploma of Visual Arts, North Adelaide School of Art

COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of South Australia
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Western Mining, Australia
Artbank, Sydney
F.H.Faulding and Co. Adelaide
Macquarie University
BHP
SBS, Melbourne
Private Collections in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016    REDSEA Gallery, Singapore
2016    REDSEA Gallery, Brisbane
2012    Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2011     Eva Breuer Gallery, Sydney
2010    Singapore Australian Embassy, Singapore
2009    Eva Breuer Gallery, Sydney
2007    Hill-Smith Art Gallery, Adelaide
2007    Eva Breuer Gallery, Sydney
2006    Eva Breuer Gallery, Sydney
2006    Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2005    Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
2005    Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2004    Art Galleries Schubert, Gold Coast
2004    Metro 5 Gallery, Sydney
2003    Eva Breuer Gallery, Sydney
2002    Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
2001    Eva Breuer Gallery, Sydney
2001    The Alternative Museum, New York
2001    Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide
2001    Studio 12, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
2000   Span Galleries, Melbourne
1999 &1997 Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide
1995    Nexus Gallery, Adelaide

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017    Asia Contemporary Art Show Conrad Hotel Hong Kong
2017    Singapore Contemporary, Singapore
2016    Asia Contemporary Art Show Conrad Hotel Hong Kong
2016    An Art Exhibition to celebrate the Anniversary of the Tasmania-Fujian Sister State Relationship, Fujian Museum, Fujian, China
2016    Lunar New Year Exhibition, 204 Art Space, Melbourne
2013    The Sulman Prize, finalist, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2012    Greenhill Galleries 40th Birthday Exhibition
2012    Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2011    The Archibald Prize, finalist, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2011    Australian-Chinese Contemporary No.1, Comings and Goings: Lai-Lai Wang-Wang, China Link Gallery
2011     Kings School Art Prize – Finalist
2010    SQUARED, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2010    Art Melbourne, Melbourne
2009    Home Coming Exhibition, Linda Gallery, Beijing
2009    Figurative Show, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2009    The Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Sydney
2009    The Salon Des Refusés, Sydney
2008    The Archibald Prize, finalist, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2008    The Wynne Prize, finalist, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2008    Doug Moran Prize, finalist, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2007    The Archibald Prize, finalist, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2007    The Sulman Prize, finalist, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2007    The Wynne Prize, finalist, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2006    SQUARED, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2006    The Wynne Prize, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2005    The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo, Victoria
2005    SQUARED, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2004    Contemporary Australian Chinese Art, The Response Gallery, Federation Square
2004    SBS Art Award, Manningham Gallery, Melbourne
2004    Cromwells Art Prize, Cromwells Auction House
2003    Redlands Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery
2003    Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman Art Gallery
2003    Salon des Refuses, Sydney
2002    SBS Federation Art Award, Federation Square
2001    Salon des Refuses, Sydney
2001    ‘Mediated Portraits’, Mass Gallery, Melbourne
2001    Alice Art Prize, Alice Springs
2001    Studio Members Exhibition, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
2000    Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2000    Chemistry : South Australian Art
2000    Art Gallery of South Australia
2000    Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
1998    ‘MA onA4’ The Pump House Gallery, London
1998    Masters Exhibition, Chelsea School of Art, London
1997    Visy Board Art Prize, Barossa Valley, South Australia
1995    Helpmann Academy Exhibition, Adelaide and Indonesia
1990    The Faulding Exhibition

MAJOR AWARDS

2013    Sulman Prize, finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2011    The Archibald Prize, finalist, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2011    Kings School Art Prize – Finalist
2009    Doug Moran Portrait Prize finalist
2009    Salon des Refusés, Peoples Choice Award
2008    Doug Moran Portrait Prize finalist
2008    Wynne Prize, finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2008    Archibald Prize, finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2007    Wynne Prize, finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2007    Sulman Prize, finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2007    Archibald Prize, finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2006    Wynne Prize, finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2005    Australia Council Grant to attend a three month residency at The International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York
2002    SBS Federation Art Award, Federation Square, Melbourne
2001    Australia Council Greene Street, New York Studio Residency
2000    The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant
2000    Conrad Jupiters 2000 Art Prize – Acquisition – Gold Coast City

ART GALLERY

2000    Gertrude Street Residency
1999    Premier’s Award – Emerging Artist of the Year – ARTSA
1997    Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1996    Major Prize Winner – Emerging Artist award – Adelaide – Tour to Paris

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2005    ‘Paintings by Zhong Chen’, Greenhill Galleries, Review by Judith McGrath
2005    Makin, Jeff, ‘Squaring up old Shanghai’, The Herald Sun, Melbourne
2005    ‘Marriage of old and new experiences’, The Whitehorse Leader, Melbourne
2005    Smith, Nyanda, ‘Zhong Chen’ Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2004    ‘Shanghai Summer’ Exhibition Catalogue, Schubert Contemporary, Gold Coast
2004    Maier, Heidi, ‘Homeland Inspiration’, The Courier Mail, Queensland
2004    ‘Not all as it seems’, The Gold Coast Weekender, Queensland
2004    Xin Nian Contemporary Chinese Australian Art Catalogue and CD
2003    ‘The Pixel Paintings’ Eva Breuer Gallery Catalogue
2003    The top 50 collectable artists, The Art Collector Magazine
2003    ‘In the Frame’ The Sun Herald, Sydney
2003    Li Zhi, ‘The Pixel Myth’, The Australian Art Review Magazine, November – February 2003
2002    SBS art award catalogue
2001    200 Gertrude Street Catalogue
2000    Nelson, Robert, ‘Fairs and Prizes enhance art’s allure, The Age, October
2000   ‘The Right Chemistry’, The Adelaide Review, September
2000   ‘Chemistry’, South Australian Art
1990    The Faulding Exhibition Catalogue
2000   Cultural Identity at heart of SA Award Winner’s Paintings, State of the Arts Magazine
1999    ‘The Samstag Accelerator Effect’, Artlink Magazine of Contemporary Arts Vol 18 # 4
1999    Lloyd, Tim, ‘A man of talent finds his art and a home in his past’, The Advertiser – Adelaide
1999    Radok, Stephanie, ‘My hyphenated identity’, The Adelaide Review, Adelaide[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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