Ning Chen


Ning Chen

Born in 1957, Shanghai, China
Lives and works in Melbourne

Ning Chen Footsteps of Spring 2023 Ink on paper 94 x 89 cm

A concise overview of my artistic journey:

Throughout the years, I have consistently used traditional Chinese brushes and ink papers to create numerous anthropomorphic animal artworks, the majority of which feature horses.

Horses have always been my closest companions and creative inspiration; they comprehend my heart and affections. The traditional Chinese art of ink and paper has been ingrained in my bones and blood for the entirety of my life. However, having spent many years immersed in various cultures, I have persistently explored new artistic expression techniques. Every time l immerse myself in the creative process, whether in the past or the present, I strive to surpass myself.

My paintings may appear airy and light, with simple tones and structures, and may not necessarily convey the complexity and rapid changes of the contemporary world. Nonetheless, they represent my unique perspective, encapsulating my inner thoughts, perspectives, and profound reflections on various global issues. They serve both my own and others’ healing.

Adhering to the principle of “honouring tradition as the foundation and embracing creativity as the soul”, l aspire to manifest this philosophy continuously in my artwork.

——Ning Chen