Fine artist Xiangdong Chen will be holding a solo exhibition, "Tranquility" at Stride Arts Gallery from Sep.6th to Sept 20th, 2021, sponsored by the New York City Artist Foundation (NYFA.) 31 pieces of artwork with different themes will be on display. One series, "The Buddha Sound," reflects a peaceful heart during a dark period in relation to the beginning of the covid virus. The "Lotus" series signifies faith through uncertainty where the flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom in remarkable beauty. Xiangdong's work originate during the height of the pandemic, hoping to bring some calm and light into dreadful times. "Envisioning the lotus brings me hope, a sense of purity to my heart," a quote from the artist which defines strength through balance that flows into the mind and body by our emotions to reach tranquility.
© 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’s most recent work puts a contemporary twist on the traditional craft of porcelain by infusing ink paint into his pieces. He is deeply involved in the entire process, from the selection of the clay through to the kiln-firing. Chen has mastered the delicate dance between these two unwieldy media to create a body of work that is exceptionally unique and elegantly straddles the cultures of the East and the West.
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, 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.