Inspired by Buddhist philosophy and the stunning landscape of China's Yunnan Province, Chen Li (b. 1971) creates a unique visual language by fusing the abstract and gestural qualities of Chinese ink painting with the colours and textures of Western oil painting.
He defies any one style. "I never think of formal styles or schools of painting …. and this gives me unlimited possibilities. Just like writing a love letter, content is the key; what pen you use is not important.”
Expressive and innovative, Chen Li’s oil paintings and woodblock prints achieve a dynamic harmony of line and colour. He captures the feeling of the wind whirling through high mountain peaks, the coolness of the moon on a clear, still night.
“Chinese art and Western art have different views about reality. But when I paint, I ignore both man-made and natural rules to create living artistic images.”
In his first year on the international stage, Chen Li’s works have found homes in significant private collections in Britain, Italy and the United States, and are inspiring a loyal following. This is his first exhibition in the U.K.
Chen Li's paintings and woodblock prints are brought to the Coningsby Gallery by Katrine Levin Galleries.