REN ZHONG + HONG JIAN
One of the foremost names in Chinese 20th century ink painting, Chelesa Art maintains a presence in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. They are known for promoting and exhibiting a stellar roster of artists, including Bada Shanren, Zhang Daqian and Lin Fengmian, as well as showing contemporary ink works from such stars of the discipline as Ren Zhong.
Since its establishment in 1978 by Siu Fai Lung, Chelesa Art has published numerous catalogues and organized exhibitions in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Canada and the USA.
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Ren Zhong, also known by the pseudonym Qian Li, is a professional painter and collector. He creates artworks from his studio Yutong Xiaoguan. Young and talented, Ren Zhong is a conscientious thinker who has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Ren Zhong’s paintings of flora and fauna, landscapes, and figures are nobly classical and elegantly solemn. Meticulously composed, his paintings are a distillation of ancient wisdom while stylistically innovative and original. At the age of thirty, he consolidated all his influences and formulated his own voice. In recent years, his universally acclaimed paintings achieved unprecedented popularity.
Hong Jian. Born in Shanghai in 1967 to a family of Chaoyang, Guangdong descent, Hong Jian graduated from the Advance Masterclass in Chinese Painting of Shanghai University Fine Arts College in the inaugural year of the programme. He is currently the deputy director of exhibitions at the Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy.
As an artist who practices in the Shanghai academic style, he is at the prime of his career. His ability to deftly captures the delicacy, nostalgia, and leisurely aesthetics of old Shanghai is nothing short of breathtaking. Primarily using architecture from Shanghai and Europe as his subject matter, Hong Jian renders the historical and cultural sensibilities of these ancient cities in the style of landscape ink painting. In terms of technique, the artist has adopted the diverse directions and aesthetics of contemporary ink art while executing these elements in a traditional gongbi fashion — an artisanal style of representation that champions the technical precision of the brush.