Palais du Chine

JIA Juan Li
18 Oct - 08 Nov 2003
Hong Kong

Connoisseur Art Gallery is proud to present "Palais du Chine", the second solo exhibition of JIA Juan Li, one of the most highly regarded female Chinese artists at work today. Following the hugely successful first ever solo exhibition of last year, this coming exhibition will feature the much anticipated new works by the internationally acclaimed, Paris-based artist.

Born in Hangzhou, China in 1960, JIA received her BFA (1986) and MFA (1989) respectively from the prestigious Sicuhan Academy of Fine Art and Central Academy of Fine Art. In 1996, she was awarded a two-year scholarship from the French Government to study at the Ecole d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence. JIA is now based in Paris, and has held exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Belgium, and various cities in France. Her works were auctioned at Christie's and China Guardian Auction Co. since mid 1990's.

Jia's works represent a harmonious alchemy of a motif derived from Chinese history and western oil technique. Her famous portraits of the ladies at the Qing court and the palace scenes, in which she employs a minimum of means - a muted palette and expressive brushwork, to create poetic, evocative images of the court life of the females a few centuries ago. As JIA herself explains, "I try to capture the nostalgia for something forever gone, a sentiment you could describe as melancholic, an elegant era that is achingly beautiful, but now lost."

The garden series is JIA's art at her most spontaneous and expressive, giving the strong sensation that one is leaving the physical world behind and entering a more ethereal one. In such scenes, weightless, elegant females become intertwined with the natural paradise of fragrant flowers and singing birds. The flowing movement of the fairy genie-like figures mimics that of blooming flowers that fizzed white, pink, yellow and lavender.