Kiki’s relationship with painting originates long before her photography studies at UCLA; she attended painting classes every Sunday as a child, experiencing early on an intimate connection to the materials and processes that would later form her primary creative pursuits.
Her work reveals a close up inspection of the physicality of objects, centralising the richness of their textures and tones. It would be too limiting to simply say she follows a lineage of still life painters, however. Kiki’s technique imparts a heightened sensuality to surface, elevating the mundane to the divine. Through this her subjects are imbued with esoteric significance that transcends understanding, creating a sense of power and symbolism that doesn’t require or allow explanation.
Winner of the first Emerging Artist Prize at the John Moores Painting Prize, this will be the artists first solo exhibition outside of China. The opening will mark our first 'physical' opening since the Pandemic began and we look forward to seeing you.