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Li Jian Gang

2004 Outstanding Award for his artwork ‘Folk Songs’ in Wuhan City Artists Association, in commemoration of the 55th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China

2003 Official selection of 2 artworks from the series, ‘Reminiscences of Han-Tang Dynasty’ to be displayed in France under the 20th Century Chinese Painting Category: China-France Cultural Year

Solo Exhibitions

2016 The City I Breathe: Ink Work by Li Jian Gang, AC43 Gallery, Singapore
2014 The Lyricism of Solitude: Recent Ink Work of Li Jian Gang, artcommune gallery, Singapore
2013 Urbanscape Nostalgia: Recent Ink Works of Li Jian Gang, Wuhan Yihe Art Museum, China

2012 Urbanscape Nostalgia: Recent Ink Works of Li Jian Gang, artcommune gallery, Singapore

2006 Urbanscape Nostalgia: Recent Ink Works of Li Jian Gang, Wuhan Qingchuan Pavilion, China

Biography

  • Born 1954 in Henan, China

  • Relocated to Wuhan, China, 1969

Li Jian Gang specialises in the Chinese “da xieyi” (freehand) painting method of cityscapes. Known for his lively brushwork and sensitive expression with ink smudges, his paintings typically draw a sepia-toned or monochromatic palette that stretches the tonality of Chinese ink, and are at times furnished with colour washes that appear minimal yet fluorescent in effect.

The solitude and spiritual pursuit arising from man’s quotidian struggle for a sense of place and belonging in a complex city is poetically epitomised in the lyrical and often atmospheric compositions of Li Jian Gang. Be it a striking city skyline or a contemplative “viewfinder” moment, his image elucidates an urban beauty tinged with wistful nostalgia. In an era when many Chinese artists struggle to express the modern-day life through the Chinese ink medium and traditional genres, Li Jian Gang stands out for his brave and progressive aesthetic approach.

Awards & Nominations

 

2009 Academic Award for his artwork, ‘Cityscape 5’ in 2009 Wuhan Chinese Painting Exhibition

2008 cademic Award for his artwork, ‘The City’s Solitude’ in 2008 Wuhan Chinese Painting Exhibition

2007 Academic Award for his artwork, ‘Impressions of Hankou’ in 2007 Wuhan Chinese Painting Exhibition

2006 Academic Award for his artwork, ‘Cityscape 6’ in 2006 Wuhan Chinese Painting Exhibition

2005 Outstanding Award for his artwork, ‘Cityscape 1’ in 2005 Wuhan Chinese Painting Exhibition