The prestigious art fair is back after 2 years of absence

The Masterpiece London Art Fair is back this year after two years online. OUYANG XUEYAN/CHINA DAILY

Masterpiece London Art Fair returns to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London this week, having been postponed last year and into 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 150 exhibitors from around the world present works of art, design, furniture and jewelry, from antiquity to contemporary, at the fair.

Exhibits include artwork from galleries across Asia, with 3812 Gallery in Hong Kong aiming to foster cross-cultural dialogue between their contemporary Chinese and modern British artists.

The gallery’s stand at Masterpiece is a curated selection of major landscape works that includes works by Asian artists. The selection of artists seamlessly merges East and West, creating a cross-cultural dialogue that showcases the beauty of landscape painting across time and space, says a statement from 3812 Gallery.

Calvin Hui, co-founder and president of 3812, said Masterpiece will give Western audiences and collectors a chance to discover artists the market hasn’t really seen.

traditional elements

“I greatly admire artists who present the cultural heritage and traditional elements of Chinese art, while showing a unique artistic language in a contemporary way. The artists we represent…you can see the essence of the culture of the ink they present through their artwork and brushstrokes, the way they try to present qi (meaning ‘life force’ in Chinese), light and energy,” said Hui.

“For collectors and the public, it is very new and refreshing, and they can enjoy abstract expressionism as well as dynamic brushstrokes. For example, Liu Guofu, when he applies oil, he creates an oil unique water base, it is very fine and transparent which can deliver the aura of light and qi, which I would say is very Chinese.”

Masterpiece, which runs until July 6, also includes two light installations by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha, known for her award-winning immersive work.

Visitors will also have the chance to see the skull of a triceratops, as displayed by the David Aaron Gallery, which specializes in art, artifacts and objects from the ancient world.

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