The new works by Chen Guangwu, born 1967 in Liuzhou, Guangxi / China impress by their majestic size and harmonious iconography. A secure brushstroke convinces with a clear balance floating over the paper, providing a protective mantle to the flowing forms which led the artist to the exhibition title SHELL.
China based curator Karen Smith wrote about Chen Guangwu: He has been described as an abstract painter yet he speaks of himself as a pure calligrapher with no adherence to an abstract aesthetic. He works with traditional conventions - writing words and characters on rice paper every day, with the aim of perfecting his hand.
Chen Guangwu lives and works in Songzhuang, located in the Northeast of Beijing. His works are part of private and institutional collections such as Rita & UliSigg, Leister or Rosenkranz Berlin, the Novartis Foundation, Liang Jiehua Foundation Hong Kong, National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Rijksmuseum Twenthe, The Netherlands and the Museum of Asian Art/ Berlin State Museums where his works are on permanent display. After previous work stays in Switzerland the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg appointed Chen Guangwu as guest professor in 2011.
Dedicating the third solo-exhibition since 2009 ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN|BEIJING is proud to present his latest works in 2011 with SHELL.