We interviewed Appraisal And Collection Gallery about the four artists that they represent, and how they all revolve around our local cultures. Blog contributed by Jasmine Leung.
Tuesday 6 July, 2021
We are so excited to introduce Appraisal and Collection Gallery! Founded in 2011, Appraisal and Collection Gallery strives to spread traditional Chinese art throughout Asia. We chatted with the gallery about their four Chinese ink artists, to learn more about them and their art medium. Read on to find out more about the different artworks they’ll be bringing to the fair.
Hey there! Can you quickly introduce us to Appraisal and Collection Gallery?
Appraisal and Collection Art Gallery was formed in 2011 and aims to promote Chinese art around Asia. The gallery advocates cross-cultural art exchange, providing a global platform to stimulate the cultural engagement between artists, collectors, curators, and art organizations worldwide. Amongst its collections are four Chinese ink artists, two of whom are masters of the painting medium.
How do you select artists? Do you have any principles or requirements for each artist?
When picking artists, our team will choose artists who include elements of Chinese culture in their artwork, and invite them to join our international exhibitions. Not only must their artwork have clear representations of culture, the artwork must also include international or global elements, and have the artist’s own unique style and method of artistic communication.
Are there any artists that you want to highlight or visitors should check out at this year’s Affordable Art Fair?
Artists Niu Zhiye 牛志曄, Gao Xiaoyun 高小雲, and Gao Yi 高異, all have artworks that visitors should take a look at and shouldn’t be missed.
Any new artists that will be presented at this year’s Affordable Art Fair?
There will be one new artist from India and new artworks from previous artists. This new Indian artist is a great addition to our gallery and really helps to add the contemporaneous element to our gallery. We really admire the representation of his culture in the artworks that will be shown, and can’t wait for audiences to see them.
Continuing from the previous question, can you give us a brief introduction of two of the artists?
The first artist that I will most likely want to introduce is a Chinese artist named Zhang Xue. In 2016 he won the best prize in the capital painting and calligraphy exhibition. She is currently under the mentorship of Niu Zhiye. Zhang’s paintings have been exhibited internationally and were also published. I think that she has done a fantastic job for our gallery and will do so in the future.
Another Chinese painter that I would like to introduce is Yao Wei. Having won numerous awards for his elegant, lively, and fluid painting style, Yao is not only a painter but also a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Ink painting always had a more traditional feeling. The gallery wants to give the guests the same feeling, or does it break this impression?
With the integration of the global elements and culture, we feel that ink painting can not only give a more traditional feeling but also a sense of comfort. I do not think that it will break the impression and in fact, will amplify the effect that it gives off.
Going back to the previous question, what will the gallery do?
The gallery will obviously spend more time researching and exploring different topics or innovative ideas on how to amplify the traditional feel of our artworks.
We would like to thank Appraisal and Collection Gallery for their time, and the knowledge of traditional art pieces that they have shared with us today. At the Affordable Art Fair, we understand that picking artists that fit a gallery’s values is not an easy job, and hope that audiences will also appreciate the artwork of the traditional ink artists that will be at the fair. With lots more art to discover from Appraisal and Collection Gallery, why not follow the link below to buy tickets so you can see their selection IRL (in real life)?