Following the successful solo debut of emerging Chinese painter Huang Dan at Galerie Ora-Ora in 2017, the gallery will present the female artist’s most recent works in Inspirations. Presented at the gallery’s new space in H Queen’s, this solo exhibit traces the influences behind Huang Dan’s artistic practice, and in particular her affinity with the great French master of mpressionism, Claude Monet, and his iconic landscapes. Inspirations, which is part of Le French May programme, will be on view at Galerie Ora-Ora from 17 May to 16 June 2018.
Inspirations reflects a journey, which begun several centuries ago in France and continues in contemporary China, through Huang Dan’s captivation with the Impressionist movement, inspired by the characteristic of the 19th century art moment of utilising small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition and emphasis on light to depict the subject matter at hand. Paying homage to and expanding the key notions of impressionism, in these new works, the artist is stripping away extraneity and further reducing colour and form to focus on the essential – much akin to her key inspiration and master of impressionism, Claude Monet, who was part of the first major Impressionist exhibition of 1874 with his painting, Sunrise (1873). Huang’s latest works featured in this solo exhibition affirm her continuous explorations of this formal minimalist approach: “a process from much, to half, to less... to none,” reveals Huang Dan.