Tanya Baxter Contemporary shows Chinese artists at London Olympia

zhao-kailin-awaiting-oil-on-canvas-58-x-48-cm_high-res Zhao Kailin Awaiting oil on canvas 58×48

London Kings Road gallery Tanya Baxter Contemporary will be showing several contemporary Chinese artists at The Winter Art & Antiques Fair which takes place at Olympia November 1-6.

Our eye has particularly been taken by the work of Zhao Kailin (above) and Zeng Chuanxing (below). These super-realist works enjoy a remarkable clarity of vision and superb technical ability in the depiction of detail. 

A master of the contemporary realist oil painting movement, Zhao Kailin studied the form at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1991. Drawing from the Western tradition of portraiture and composition as well as Chinese culture, he narrates the direct gaze of his seated subjects, usually female, with a quiet aesthetic that speaks of inner beauty. Zhao was born in 1961 in Anhui, China. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. 


Zeng Chuanxing Paper Bride in Waiting oil on canvas 110×140 cm


Zeng Chuanxing White Paper Bride oil on canvas 50×60 cm

Zheng Chuanxing was born in 1974 and in 1999 graduated from Oil Painting Department of Fine Arts College of Central Nationalities University, Beijing (BA)

Zeng Chuanxing was born in Longchang County, Sichuan Province. His realist paintings depict young, beautiful minority girls and women and reflect both a return to classicism and a subtle, yet poignant commentary on the effects of the Cultural Revolution and the influence of Western society on modern day China. While the majority of his artist contemporaries have explored and implemented more contemporary modes of expression, Zeng favors a more classical tradition of painting for its unique ability to not only clearly express his own feelings, but, almost more importantly, for its ability to serve as a window to understanding other people’s feelings, thoughts and emotions.


Asian Art features at Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair

Now timed to coincide with Asian Art in London, Clarion Events, the organisers of the Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair appear well satisfied with this year’s event held, for the first time, in the National Hall at the front of the Olympia complex on Hammersmith Road. The new hall venue seemed very suitable for the scale of the event which comfortably filled the hall.


Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair Opening Night    Photo Paul Harris

There were many exhibitors with  Asian art on display (notably Neil Holton Japanese Art and Laura Bordignon Antiques) and a few with Chinese artefacts or paintings (some nine stands). Turin-based dealer Ajassa (www.ajassa.com), which first exhibited in the June fair, was apparently well satisfied with results and returned to the Winter Fair.


A corner of the Ajassa stand at Olympia this week.  Photo Paul Harris

Tanya Baxter Contemporary (www.tanyabaxtercontemporary.com) had on show some interesting Chinese contemporary art in the realist tradition amongst the box office names of artists like Andy Warhol. We particularlry liked Zhao Kailin’s accomplished large and richly-coloured oil Sleeping which was priced at a modest £18,000.

Zhao Kailin Sleeping

On the Tanya Baxter Contemporary Art stand: Zhao Kailin’s Sleeping (right)        Photo        Paul Harris

There was also  a Talks Programme and lectures were staged in the comfortable Club Room. Amongst the many speakers, was Jessica Harrison-Hall, curator of the British Museum/BP exhibition Ming:50 Years that changed China. She explained that the exhibition, generally hailed as a magnificent success, had been no less than five years in the making and she selected and explained some of the most important exhibits.