The renowned Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng (www.chendapengsculptor.com) has appointed Paul Harris Asia Arts (www.paulharrisasiaarts.co.uk) 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 (www.chineseartinscotland.co.uk) and retails modern Vietnamese art through the Coldingham Gallery (www.coldinghamgallery.co.uk) and www.vietnamart.co.uk. It is also the owner of this website chineseart.co.uk, 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”.