Chinese Art Gets Contemporary Look in 3812 Gallery’s Mind-Scape V Exhibition

Xue Song, The Blue Green Landscape, Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 120cm, 2018

Showing until August 17th 2019, the fifth edition of 3812 London Gallery’s Mind-Scape exhibition highlights Chinese creative culture with a contemporary twist.

The Mind-Scape V show at 21 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6PX, reflects 3812’s dedication to fostering cultural understanding of Chinese contemporary art with “Eastern Origin and Contemporary Expression”. It will be the first time the London Gallery has presented such a vigorous mix of colourful works, with each artist representing the artistic perspective and aesthetic context of 3812’s journey, whilst also bringing the traditions of Chinese creative culture into dialogue with the paradigm of contemporary art.

Wang Jieyin, Time on the Green Island, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 90cm, 2017

Traditional Chinese culture is drawn upon, whether it is in the recreation of Tang and Song poetry, or evoking literati painting. Ancient traditions are rediscovered through contemporary practices, whilst notions of East and West are explored and juxtaposed to create a new language of abstract expression.

Wang Huangsheng, Metaphor Visions Series III, Ink on paper, 45 x 50cm, 2017

Mind-Scape brings together a group of artists who not only have expanded the horizon of contemporary Chinese art practice, but also developed their unique and universal language in understanding the “mind” of ancient wisdoms and “art” as self-expression. ‘Their works are both forward-looking and grounded in Chinese traditions, planting the seeds for the development of Chinese art in a global context’ says Calvin Hui, Co- Founder & Artistic Director.

Sophie Chang, Green Seeding, Oil on canvas, 97 x 130cm x 4, 2018

There are works from eight artists in this exhibition which demonstrate a huge diversity of style and contemporary approach, using a range of disciplines from Chinese ink and coffee on paper to acrylic and oil on canvas.

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Wang Jieyin’s abstract acrylic paintings from his ‘Grand Landscape’ series, embody the allure of Chinese contemporary painting in their ability to integrate fields of Western abstraction with the freehand line of Chinese tradition in a naively romantic and vividly poetic fashion.

Qu Leilei, Mastering Our Own Fate, Ink on paper, 92 x 170cm, 2018

Dynamic, abstract landscapes are seen in Sophie Chang’s profound oil-on-canvas works. The artist’s so-called “Chang Style Technique” was developed during years of meditation, focusing her mind on nature.

Also working with acrylics, Li Lei’s ‘Clouds and Water’ series will display his minimal use of colour to create paintings with a delicate, somewhat ethereal feel.

Wang Huangsheng will show his ‘Metaphor Visions’ series. Wu Hung, Art history theorist and Professor of University of Chicago, describes Wang’s creations as “[dissolving] the two traditional meanings of the line – a the subject of artistic expression, or as a means of depicting the subject”.


Regarded as one of China’s leading contemporary artists, Qu Leilei (who recently exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) will be showing a selection of his starkly realistic ink paintings.

Qu Xue Song, one of the most important artists of contemporary Chinese Pop Art, will display his colourful landscape paintings which include palimpsests of his works burned in a studio fire.

Lei’s ‘Clouds and Water’ series will display his minimal use of colour to create paintings as the subject of artistic expression, or as a means of depicting the subject demonstrates mastery in brush control and handling of monochromatic pigments, which results in intensely photographic works.

Li Lei, Between Clouds and Water Series 5 13, Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40cm, 2012

Xue Song, who was inspired by Robert Rauschenberg in the 1980s, is acclaimed as the first artist in China to bring western collage onto the contemporary Chinese art scene.

Liu Guofu’s distinctive oil paintings display a unique artistic language that is at once sensual and spiritual and will feature in the exhibition. Dr. Xia Kejun, acclaimed philosopher and art critic, once described Liu’s oil paintings as “a magical spectacle”.

From rice paper and ink, to coffee and acrylic, Chloe Ho’s work, including Ink Eruption, displays her use of Chinese ink combined with a wide range of materials. The fundamental idea of human existence is at the core of Ho’s art, in which the artist explores the ambiguity of identity through the existential flow of ink.

Ink art

3812 Gallery was founded in Hong Kong in 2011 by cultural entrepreneurs Calvin Hui and Mark Peaker. The gallery is recognised as the foremost expert in contemporary Chinese art, with a speciality in ink art.

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