Halcyon Gallery’s magnificent new Shanghai gallery opens with a group exhibition, showcasing talented regional and international artists. Key works by Halcyon Gallery’s stable of artist will be exhibited for the first time in Shanghai along with important Master Graphics and Paintings. Artists include Wu Ching Ju, Dashi Namdakov, Simon Gudgeon, Lorenzo Quinn, Mauro Perucchetti, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
The exhibition includes Force of Nature II by Internationally renowned sculptor Lorenzo Quinn. After having seen the ravaged coast of Thailand and the Hurricane that affected the Southern States Quinn decided to create a sculpture dedicated to Mother Nature. The resulting piece is reminiscent of early statues made as peace offerings to the Gods in the hope of quenching their anger. Inspired by the great masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Carpaux and Rodin, Lorenzo’s monumental sculptures transmit emotion and meaning.
Also exhibited is Mauro Perucchetti’s famous Jelly Baby Family. Each of these giant figures is perfectly moulded and composed of light-reflecting resin with an impressive depth of colour. Polyurethane resin is highly unstable, and Perucchetti has devoted years to manipulating the material and perfecting a technique which allows him to use the liquid on such a large scale. Although each jelly baby is unique in creation, the topical issue of cloning is immediately brought to mind. The message is sinister, the imagery ‘sweet’.
Selected work from renowned Russian sculptor Dashi Namdakov’s are also on display. The exhibition showcases the artist’s highly original style and imagery which combines the spiritual traditions of the past with present day realities: the characters that Namdakov creates are simultaneously fantastical and strikingly authentic.
After the public placement of the monumental sculpture Terra Natura in the heart of Shanghai’s financial district in 2011, Halcyon Gallery will be exhibiting new works by Chinese artist Wu Ching Ju. Wu has held over 40 exhibitions in Europe and Asia. Her sculptures sensuously abstract the Western figurative dimension from the traditional form, while reaching new levels of expression.
Halcyon Gallery are also proud to present a collection of Master Graphics and Paintings including Andy Warhol’s world famous Marilyn Monroe, 1967 from the ‘Marilyn’ portfolio.