6th April 2010 – For immediate release
Take a walk on the wild side at the Museum of East Asian Art
From Saturday 1st May 2010 until Sunday 29th August 2010, the Museum of East Asian Art
will become a jungle of delights with their new exhibition “Animal Kingdom: Paintings by Li
Fuyuan”. Animal Kingdom, exhibited in partnership with ArtChinese, is sure to delight
visitors of all ages, and will be opened on the 1st of May with a tour and demonstration by the
artist, Mr Li, at 2pm.
China has one of the greatest diversities of wildlife in the world, so it is of no surprise that
throughout history animals have become significant in Chinese art and culture. Historically
many different animals have come to be used as auspicious symbols in Chinese art,
representing good fortune such as luck, prosperity, wealth and long life.
Given the intrinsic connection between animals and art in China, it is little wonder that
animals are also the inspiration of modern works, such as these stunning paintings by Li
Fuyuan. Mr Li uses brush painting techniques with stunning effects. His works are full of
bold, contrasting colours and elements that compose a visual melody of a fantastically
cacophonous world. The abstract shapes work together to form the images of animals that
are at once incorporated into a dramatic landscape but yet burst out from the background to
stare at the audience with as much interest and curiosity as the inquisitive humans eyes on
the other side of the glazed frames.
To open the exhibition, Li Fuyuan and Jimmy Lek, Director of ArtChinese, will be giving
a tour of “Animal Kingdom” on Saturday May 1st from 2pm until 3pm, which will end
with Mr Li giving a painting demonstration. Li Fuyuan was born in Kunming, China in
1942 and attended the Beijing Art Academy. He was later appointed a lecturer at the Beijing
Art Professional College whilst continuing with his own personal art. His works have been
exhibited in the UK, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and several pieces
have been sold at Sotheby’s, Hong Kong. As Mr Li is visiting the UK only for a short time for
the opening of this exhibition, this tour is not to be missed!
Art critic and Fellow at the China Academy of Arts, Zhai Mo, commented, “The dark coloured
birds, fishes and animals came alive under his brush one after another. To be bold and yet
in control when creating, finding balance and calmness when emotions run wild is the
hallmark of a great artist.”
The Museum of East Asian Art is pleased to host this visually stunning exhibition that will
enchant visitors young and old.
Since opening its doors to the public in 1993, the Museum of East Asian Art has been a
beacon of East Asian art and culture in the west of England and houses one of the most
remarkable collections of art from this part of the world in the United Kingdom. The Museum
is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Sundays from 12noon until 5pm and 10am
to 5pm most bank holiday Mondays.
Private View in the presence of the artist : Friday 30 April 2010, 6pm – 8pm
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“Tiger, 2008” ink & colour on paper 46 x 46 cm
Li Fuyuan and friend – portrait of the artist
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