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 (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.”

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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”.

Chen Dapeng: Chinese sculptor with world vision

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Accolades for Chen Dapeng at the Paris Louvre Exhibition last year

Chen Dapeng, a sculptor already enjoying wide popularity in his native China, is now firmly set for making an impact worldwide. At the end of last year, he exhibited successfully at the world famous Musee de Louvre in Paris from November 7-11 on the occasion of the 19th World Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition. He is currently making final arrangements for a US tour, the details of which will be announced next month (full details will be available here). Thereafter, he intends to return to Paris for another exhibition.

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Chen Dapeng: in the footsteps of Rodin?

Chen Dapeng was born in 1962 in Hunan province. During the 1990s he was a friend and pupil of Chinese sculptor Pan He and currently lives and works in Songjiang, on the outskirts of Shanghai where he works from a dramatically-designed studio, which he created himself.

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Chen Dapeng’s home & studio in China.     Photo Paul Harris

He believes that sculpture is a cultural patrimony shared by all humankind and says that he found enormous support in France. ‘Local artists in Paris described me as ‘the modern Rodin’, he told us but added, ‘Westerners may know sculptures but they don’t know Chinese culture. I simply hope that my sculptures serve as a good interpreter to spread Chinese culture throughout the world.’

Chen Dapeng’s sculptures are in many private and public collections in China. Some of his work in stone and metal is on a very large scale and features in public places, like parks and squares. Work on a smaller scale in bronze, wood and maquette form is in private collections in China and abroad. His work very much takes a historical perspective and its essential realism makes it easily accessible to Chinese and foreigners alike. In this way, it represents a good introduction to Chinese art when shown abroad.

Inter alia, Chen Dapeng is the writer of more than 1,000 poems, carrying on the ancient and honourable tradition of the Chinese scholar artist.

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