LI JIN 李津 (b.1958) “Li Jin’s brush-and-ink pictures are traditional in the artist’s choice of medium, but contemporary and idiosyncratic in subject matter. Unlike so many of his peers Li Jin doesn’t try to make grand statements about Chinese society. His pictures are broadly autobiographical, presented in a spirit of humorous self-deprecation.”
“Contemporary art is prone to moralising but Li Jin’s work is a hymn to sensual pleasure and an epic comedy of human susceptibilities. These scenes are beautifully painted and tremendous fun, and that’s a rare combination in any part of the world.” - SMH art critic John McDonald
GENG XUE 耿雪 (b. 1983) • Sydney Biennale 2018 artist • Major artist in Ritual Spirit, White Rabbit Gallery, 2017 • Selected public collections:M+Museum, Hong Kong, The National Museum of Wales, UK, The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, Netherlands, Miro Museum (FundacioJoan Miro), Barcelona, Spain and Seto City Art Museum, Japan
WANG LIFENG 王利丰 (b.1962) Wang Lifeng’s oeuvre reflects on different periods from traditional Chinese art and history, inviting viewers to reinterpret the past and perhaps rethink the present. Lifeng’s mixed media artworks delicately employ classical Chinese techniques such as calligraphy, woodblock print and traditional Chinese ink painting as a vehicle to imagine or reimagine life throughout the disparate dynasties in China. Wang’s seemingly haphazard montage of text, figures, landscape and architecture creates the impression that the artist is attempting to seek the truth by piecing together a puzzle from the past.
PENG YONG 彭勇(b.1984) Peng Yong is renowned for his brightly coloured etchings and deeply textured self-made paper works. Growing up in rural Hunan, and subsequently moving to the city, He developed a fascination with large cities and the effects of modern life. His artworks reflect the duality of the artist’s own relationship with urban environments as he is attracted and pulled to large cities, yet deeply disturbed by them at the same time. Peng Yong was the winner of Yishu8 Award in 2014, a privileged Sino-France culture and art program. He was selected to study at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2015. He joined TWT's Creative Precinct as part of the TWT International Residency Program.
JASON PHU 符子龙(b.1989) A Sulman Prize winner in 2015 and also a two time Archibald finalist, Jason works in a range of different medias such as painting, installations, video work, performance and sculpture. Majority of Phu’s work is concerned with mixed cultural identities and his own experience of cultural dislocation. Through his quirky subject matter and excessively long artwork titles, Phu also tackles racism and often depicts experiences of living between cultures and identities. Jason Phu recently became a placeholder for the 2018 Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, “Playback”, currently on exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Vermilion’s booth is F06, located across the café.