Beijing Art District Icon Debuts A Painting Exhibition in Hong Kong
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The daughter of established Cantonese painter and sculptor Lin Yu Hao showcases her recent works that defy the rigidity of realistic paintings and traditional paradigms.
Artist-designer Lin Jing (b. 1974, Guangzhou) comes from a family with deep roots in the Chinese art world. She studied oil and mural painting at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Art, before transferring and obtaining her degree, majoring in sculpture, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. She is well known as a co-founder of the Beijing 798 Art District pioneering concept design space, “FEI Space” (2007 – 2013). At a time when Beijing had little to no boutique scene, Lin showcased her art and designs at FEI Space, while supporting many like-minded independent designers. As a pioneering 798 resident, then a bleak and defunct factory yard, Lin was among a small group of artists blazing the trail for what would later become Beijing’s most famous art district.
Lin’s passion for painting began with traditional Chinese brush painting study from the age of four. As a student in Belgium, she broadened her creative impulses to include not only painting but also sculpture, installation and design. Lin explains her natural predilection to cross artistic boundaries, as material expression of a desire to reach out, and to engage more freely and with greater immediacy, with her viewers.
Her painting practice, like her design work, aims at developing her own distinct approach. Nominally abstract, with a preference for combining colours and forms inspired by nature, Lin uses hand-applied layers of paint, filling the canvas surface. Each canvas is swathed in free flowing colours, shapes, and forms by using varying tools and techniques. She demonstrates a panoply of techniques, overlaid across one canvas, where colours are skillfully set out; in alternating painterly applications, at once thick, scraped, brushed, and thinly washed, which are all palpable in her latest works in Part II of her exhibition – the first was held from March to June this year in Beijing.