Major show by Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng to open today in Shanghai

From Paul Harris in Shanghai


Today a major show of the works of Songjian-Shanghai based sculptor Chen Dapeng ( opens in the grounds of the sculptor’s house and studio complex. Dozens of top-level Chinese government, business and academic leaders will gather for the 4pm opening. is in Shanghai to cover this event which presages a major London show this November. Our pictures show Chen Dapeng working today on some finishing touches; the grounds of his house dressed for the occasion.

The exhibition is part of The Shanghai People’s Festival 2015 currently running in the city.


Highlights of 2014 on

As 2014 drew to a close, we selected some highlights of the year in the world of Chinese art here in the UK as reported on



In January, we launched our now popular series of Unusual Chines Art Images. This magnificent oil painting (1910) by Matilda Auchinschloss Brownall of a viewer at The Morgan Collection in New York was featured as one of our early images.

January brought in The Year of the Horse.

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Details of this painting (artist unknown) from Chinese Art in Scotland



Xiao Wei and Yi Fei Li symbolise the new wave of adventurous fashion photography in modern China. Picture by Barrett Sweeger for Cream Magazine.



March saw the tragic and mysterious loss of Malaysian airlines flight MH270 on a March 8 flight out of Singapore. There was a party of 19 Chinese artists, relatives and supporters on board, pictured above at their exhibition in the city state.


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Shanghai businessman Liu Yiqian opens his third private museum in the city and shells out US$33.6 million for a tiny chicken cup

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Lucy Liu Olympic Fashion shoot 2008

We featured this stunning image of actress and model Lucy Liu, shot in 2008, Olympic Games year, for Harper’s Bazaar


£427,250 moment of sale

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A record £427,250 for Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull when they sold this blue and white charger, estimated at £2-3,000.


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The Fiorentini collection of 30 pieces of porcelain was exposed for sale at Bonham’s, Edinburgh and took £105,000. This sang-de-boeuf bowl was knocked down for £11,250.


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Shanghai-based Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng appoints Paul Harris Asia Arts as his agents in the UK in advance of a series of exhibitions.


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Major UK exhibition for Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace



The 17th Asian Art in London event opens. Our picture from an exhibition mounted by Michael Goedhuis of outstanding ink and watercolour paintings by Yang Yanping.

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Woolley & Wallis Chinese expert Freya Yuan cradles the top selle, one of a pair of bowls which exceeded £420,000 from their £3.2m. November sale.


Royals Will and Kate visited New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This was one Chinese picture they didn’t see . . .  Art critic Jerry Saltz posted it on Instagram and got booted off the site. We wonder why!


Brought Christmas, as ever, but this Santa Claus print from Andy Warhol, offered by Artron in online auction, failed to find an owner.


. . . and on to 2015. Happy New Year everyone!

Growth continues at

Remarkable growth continues at This site, which was started only in October 2013, has grown dramatically in just over a year. According to figures released by the site’s host, during the month of October 2014 it received 445,461 hits and 50,904 visitors.

The site’s founder, Paul Harris, said yesterday, “The growth of this site has been steady month on month with occasional spikes. People interested in Chinese art from all over the world are now focusing on and we anticipate this growth will continue. I would like to thank all our readers in the UK, China and elsewhere.”


Paul Harris in The Coldingham Gallery in the Scottish Borders Photo Lucy Harris is operated by Paul Harris Asia Arts Group which also includes,,, and manages as part of its contract to represent the Shanghai sculptor Chen Dapeng in the UK. Paul Harris is an accredited lecturer on art subjects with The National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS)(



Sculptor Chen Dapeng to work with French-Argentinian painter Grassano

The Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng is to collaborate with the French-Argentinian painter Ana Perez Grassano, it has just been announced. Dapeng, who mounted a much acclaimed exhibition of 39 of his sculptures at The Louvre in Paris last November, is to exhibit his works in Britain 20215-16. The two met at The Louvre.


By all accounts, Grassano was captivated by Dapeng’s sculptures, which the French press dubbed as the work of ‘the new Rodin’. The two have agreed to enter into a collaboration which will involve Perez incorporating the sculptures into her bold non-figurative expressionist-style paintings.

Said Chen Dapeng this week, “This is both a practical and a symbolic union for the two of us. This year is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France.” Accordingly, this union of talents is, it is understood, is to be supported by the Chinese Ministry of Culture Department.

Perez was born in 1969 in Rosario, Argentina, and has lived in France since 1993. She is a qualified architect and practises architecture and designer professionally. She developed her talents as an artist in the atelier of Martin Reyna. It was announced recently that the sculptor has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement in Britain with Paul Harris Asia Arts Group.

chen web8Dapeng: The New Rodin? Study from his Louvre show last year.

Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng appoints UK agent in marketing move


Paul Harris and Sun Yumei at the Songjiang studio of renowned sculptor Chen Dapeng

Paul Harris and Sun Yumei at the Songjiang studio of renowned sculptor Chen Dapeng

The renowned Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng ( has appointed Paul Harris Asia Arts ( as his UK and Ireland representative from September 1 2014 for eighteen months. The appointment follows his successful exhibit at the Louvre in Paris last November where he showed 39 of his bronzes to considerable acclaim: it is understood that an offer in the region of Euros 30 million was made during the event for all the exhibits by a French gallery director.

Paul Harris Asia Arts director Sun Yumei, speaking this week, said that exhibits in the UK were currently under negotiation with the November 2015 Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, Asian Art in London, also for 2015, and for the Edinburgh International Festival 2016. It was also hoped to exhibit the sculptor’s work in either Manchester or Birmingham and in Dublin. Said Sun Yumei, “Chen Dapeng is well known in China for both his public sculptures and by private patrons. The town of Songjiang [part of the Shanghai conurbation] will open a 3,000 sq.m. museum to him in February next year and we think the time is now right, having known and worked with him since 2003, to launch a major international promotional effort.”


At The Louvre, Paris, last November, bronze by Chen Dapeng

Paul Harris Asia Arts is owned by Coldingham Investments Ltd. The group also operates as Chinese Art in Scotland ( and retails modern Vietnamese art through the Coldingham Gallery ( and It is also the owner of this website, which gets up to 300,000 visitors a month.

Said Sun Yumei this week, “We are constantly developing our position in the Chinese art market and this new contract serves to firm us up as a major player”.