M.A. (Fine Arts), B.A. (Fine Arts), Grad. Dip. Art Edn
David Chen was born in China and holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees in fine arts. He also holds a graduate diploma in arts education.
David taught fine art in university for several years in China. In 1988 he was appointed an editor at the Peoples Fine Art Publishing House in Beijing where he edited several art magazines. In 1989, the French Embassy in Beijing invited him to hold a solo exhibition. However, the exhibition was cancelled and his work was banned as he endured the difficult political climate in China after the events of June 4th, 1989. He later re-emerged as a respected artist and went on to win national and international acclaim. He was selected to participate in the ‘100 Famous Chinese Artists’ a worldwide travelling exhibition in 1991. In 1992 he won the Silver Hawk Award at the Fourth International Art Contest, Nice, France.
David arrived in Melbourne in 1993. He was invited to be part of the Hydra art group that was founded by the Australian Government and the Art Council. Since coming to Melbourne David has worked as a fulltime artist. As well as conducting various painting workshops he has held numerous solo exhibitions. In 1994 his work was exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2000 one of his beach paintings was selected to be hung at the United Nations Conference. David’s work is represented in private, corporate and municipal collections both in Australia and overseas. His work has become extremely collectable.
While Chinese-born David Chen’s artistic credentials are impeccable, including winning the Silver Hawke Award at the Fourth International Art Contest in Nice in 1992, it is his uncanny ability to fuse the landscape and the human form in pictorial harmony that rivets the eye and spellbinds the viewer, setting him apart as an artist of illusionist mastery.
His classical style and technical skill, manifesting in sweeping flickering descriptive brush strokes, deep perspective minus the expected constricting vanishing points, and a refreshing use of abstract colour tonality, secures him a rare place in the Australian contemporary art world.
David’s is a painterly approach. The picture’s subject and the painter’s process, are fused into a “figurative approximation” where all superfluous detail is removed by the rendering only of essentials. This reveals an evocative, yet mysterious, atmosphere of scintillating light emanating from the painting’s inner dynamic.
Unusually, the observer becomes at once involved in the intimacy of a private moment’s reflection, captured as the painting’s subject and the beautifully sensual rhythmic forms of musical brush strokes becoming objects; a lyrical delight most
evident in such refined impressionistic work.
It is as if David has found a way to paint the romance and poetry of our lives with meaning, sophistication, artistry and intellect.
Born in Nanjing, China in October 1961, David Chen studied at Nanjing College of Art and Nanjing Teachers University from 1981-1988. He holds both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. David also trained as an art teacher with the Nanjing Teachers University and has a Graduate Diploma in Art teaching.
David has tutored students both in the University and Architecture College in Nanjing, China. In late 1988 he was appointed an art editor of People’s Fine Art Publishing House in Beijing, where he edited several art magazines.
As a young, successful artist David was invited by the French Embassy to have a solo exhibition, but it was banned by the Chinese Government due to the political climate after 4th June 1989. He was in serious trouble and bore the difficult days of that time and almost had to give up the ‘brushes’. He later re-emerged as a respected artist and went on to win national and international acclaim.
David has established a style in oil, watercolour and gouache by combining techniques from traditional Chinese painting and modern concepts. His elegant and expressive paintings depict his favourite themes - sea, clouds, women and flowers.
In 1991 he was selected as one of “100 representatives of Chinese Artists”, worldwide travelling exhibition, and in 1993 he was invited as one of “10 Contemporary Chinese Watercolour Painters”, exhibited in Hong Kong.
His series of watercolours “Stone Bridge, My Home Town” was exhibited in the museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne in 1991.
David’s painting “Path in my Native Land” won the silver Hawk Award at the Fourth International Art Contest in Nice, France in 1992. The Chinese Government now has that painting in their permanent art collection.
Soon after David’s arrival in Melbourne in 1993, he became involved in the “HYDRA” group, which was funded by the Australian government and the Arts Council. Since coming to Melbourne, David has worked as a full time artist. He has held several solo exhibitions and conducts popular painting workshops. A highlight of his career was exhibiting his work at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1994.
David Chen’s work is represented in private, corporate and municipal collections both in Australia and overseas.
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