Paul Smith Melbourne is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition of handmade sculptures by X+Q Art.
The brainchild of contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci, Chinese art collective X+Q Art construct colourful and vivid stories with their arresting sculptural pieces.
Showing in galleries from London to Shanghai and with the exhibition recently on display in his shop in Faubourg St Honore, Paris, Paul Smith is delighted to be hosting the artists’ work in his Melbourne shop. Two of China’s most successful modern artists, Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci have created complimentary pieces that sit side-by-side in the Paul Smith shop each capturing a whimsical and humorous tone.
In her I Have Seen Happiness sculpture series, Xiang Jing aims to celebrate youth and create an optimistic mood with her vibrant rabbit sculptures flocked in rich shades of red, blue, yellow and green.The collection is particularly appropriate given Paul’s own fondness for rabbits.
Whilst in The Angelest Qian and The Angelest Kun, Qu Guangci fuses Eastern and Western sentiments, referencing both in his series of winged oriental angels. Similarly bright to Xiang Jing’s I Have Seen Happiness, Qu also aims to illuminate visitors instilling brightness and positivity through art.
26th February – 10th April 2014
Paul Smith, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne
The brainchild of contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci, Chinese art collective X+Q Art construct colourful
X+Q Art, the brainchild of leading contemporary Chinese artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci is commissioned by the V&A museum to launch an exclusive range of scarves inspired by the major autumn exhibition Masterpiece of Chinese Paintings 700-1900.
The X+Q Factor – Financial Times How to Spend It
The Modern and the Tradition – ELLE Deco Taiwan
You use a red cloth
to cover the eyes, and the sky
You ask what I see
I say, I have seen happiness
– Cui Jian, The Red Cloth
The Chinese art brand X+Q Art is invited for a special exhibition at Paul Smith flagship store in Paris to coincide with the Paris Fashion Week in autumn 2013.
I Have Seen Happiness, is an artwork especially created by the artist Xiang Jing and X+Q Art, personifies youth and innocence, inspired by the song from Cui Jian, the father of Chinese Rock. This sculptural representation of happiness is flocked in a rich red, blue, yellow and green, making it soft to touch. The sculpture embodies happiness, pureness and optimism, inspiring the pursuit of happiness and beauty in this word.
Following phenomenal success in China and at London Design Festival last year, X+Q Art, which produces limited edition artworks based on the large scale sculptures by the art duo Xiang and Qu, will take part in a showcase exhibition On the Road, alongside international design visionaries Michael Young and Lapo Ciatti, at Milan Design Week this year. The showcase, which takes place at ENTRATALIBERA, known as Design Glamour Store, an 800sqm conceptual design gallery space, will also feature the two artists’ stunning original sculptures.
X+Q Art at ENTRATALIBERA Fuorisalone, 9th – 27th April
Reception: 11th April, 19.00
Address: Corso Indipendenza, 16, 20129 Milan, Italy
Phone: +39 02 7000 6147
30 October – 12 November 2012
Hong Ling, one of China’s most revered landscape painters is to unveil his first UK exhibition, Hong Ling: Contemporary Chinese Landscape, at Asia House, as part of the Asian Art in London 2012.
Hong Ling’s work is magnificent and has given us all great pleasure. I hope to see more of his work showing in the UK.
Sir John Boyd, chairman of Asia House, former chairman of British Museum
“The concept of landscape painting in the East and West is rather different in my view. My aim is to convey the Chinese aesthetics of the universe – ‘my mind is the universe; the universe is my mind’ – through oil painting, a medium with its roots in the West.”
Hong Ling on JMW Turner’s Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth (c.1842), TATE ETC, Spring 2013
Leading contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci will be showcasing their design brand X+Q Art in London on 20 September during the London Design Festival (14-23 September 2012).
For Beijing Duo X+Q, home is where the art is – Jing Daily
I always believe that being a sculptor is a spiritual profession that is closest to God, because as a sculptor you are creating and shaping lives, too – Dazed Digital interview with Qu Guangci
14 – 17 May, 2009
ART HK is Hong Kong’s largest and most important annual international art fair. Back for its second year, ART HK 09 attracted a balanced mix of established international collectors including private collectors, foundations, curators, dealers and museums. The fair also provided an intellectual and cultural platform for a series of successful and engaging discussion-based forums such as Intelligence², a leading global medium for intellectual and cultural debates.
6 – 7 June, 2008
Part of the feature exhibition China Design Now at the V&A Museum, London
Organised with King’s College London, this conference explores new directions in contemporary Chinese visual culture, design, architecture and urbanism. Individual sessions also focus on fine art, filmmaking, new media, fashion and industrial design.