Stride Arts Solo Exhibition:
The Infusion of Ink & Clay
Xiangdong Chen is widely recognized as one of the first contemporary artists to master the combination of ink and porcelain. Chen has painstakingly developed a process that begins with a careful selection of clay and continues through the firing process to produce a body of work that simultaneously reveals a novel combination of media and references ancient techniques. He has mastered the delicate dance between these two unwieldy media and strikes a balance between the elements he can control and what he leaves to chance during the firing process.
Chen’s series of ink paintings also depict symbols of traditional Chinese ink painting through more recent concepts. Ranging from small works on paper to large scale, multi-panel pieces, Chen paints lotus flowers and other natural elements, such as mountains or rocks, to express his internal meditations just as ancient Chinese artists would paint imagined scenes of nature to reflect convey emotion and poetic musings. When describing Free Will - At One’s Wish (2018), Chen notes: “This ink mountain is not a particular place or mountain, it is a mountain in my heart. The mountain has a special meaning to me. It represents masculine and feminine, power and beauty.” Chen employs dots throughout as symbols of Yin and Yang forces that pervade Eastern philosophies and can be likened to the pointillist technique employed 19th-century Impressionist painters. Chen expresses his unique style through both bodies of work, which elegantly cite the icons of traditional China, bringing deeply rooted symbols of Eastern cultures into a distinctly contemporary context.
© Stride Arts. Image courtesy of the artist.
Xiangdong Chen was born in Nantong, China in 1963, where he attended Nantong University - School of Fine Arts. After graduating from Nantong University in 1987, Chen moved on to continue his studies at the Print Program of Nanjing Academy, completing his program in 1991. From 1989 to today, Chen has continued to refine his practice, making him one of the most prominent international Chinese print artists of our century. He is currently based in New York, NY.
Chen is a member of the China Artists Association, the China Association of Print Artists, and the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA). His work can be found in numerous collections, including the National Art Museum of China, Jiangsu Museum of Art, Amerasia Bank, United Nations, Si Chuan Divine Printmaking Museum and Taiwan Tainan Museum, Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan, National Taiwan Normal University, and the Nanjing Arts Institute.
1989 The 7th National Fine Arts Exhibition, Beijing, China.
1990 The 10th National Printmaking Exhibition, Hangzhou, China
1991 The 5th Taiwan International Biennial Prints Exhibition, Taipei.
1992 The 11th National Printmaking Exhibition, Yinchuan, China
1993 Jiangsu Provincial Prints Exhibition (winner of Award of Excellence, Nanjing, China
1994 The 8th Chinese National Fine Arts Exhibition, Beijing, China
1995 The 6th Chinese National Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition, Beijing , China
1996 The 13th National Printmaking Exhibition, Nanjing, China
1997 Jiangsu Provincial Prints Exhibition (winner of Excellence Award), Nanjing, China
2000 2K International Prints Exhibition, Taiwan
2001 The 4th GASASA Exhibition of Crack Modern Fine Arts, GASASA Museum of Art,
2002 Sino-Japanese Modern Art Exhibition, ASGO Museum of Art, Japan
2003 Exhibition of Chinese Modern Graphic Art, St. John’s University New York, U.SA.
2004 Taiwan International Mini Prints Invitational Exhibition, Taiwan Normal University Art Museum, Taipei
2005 Qidong Prints Exhibition in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Qibong Prints Institue--China’s first institute of graphic art
2013 Riverside Landscape---A Century of Nantong in Images and Ink, an art exhibition at the National Art Gallery, Beijing, China
2014 Art Exhibition in Celebration of the Fifth United Nations Chinese Language Da