The Tension of Life

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Artist: Guo Yan

The Tension of Life
oil on canvas
31.5 inches (80 cm) in diameter
2018
signed on verso

Guo is an artist who is extremely sensitive but aims high. Unlike other female peers obsessed about their women’s identity and emotional struggles, she focuses more on people’s life and experience as well as social evolution and clash. In her tiny body lives a strong and compassionate soul. Inspired by but never confined to individual experiences and reflections on life, she has the insights into the real life and mental crisis of people across a generation. That is the quality and power that has made her an excellent modern artist.

– Liang Kegang, artist, curator and critic 2016

Although Guo Yan is an optimistic and open-minded person in the eyes of her friends, I think she is a pessimist in her heart and a very thoughtful artist. She is a vegetarian and she loves nature. In the real world, she always has a strong sense of crisis. She is also an environmentalist. She prefers a simple, pure, low-carbon, minimalist life. She keeps her material in a very low state. She is a very professional artist and spends a lot of time on oil paintings every day. Many of her works are in the collections of arts and cultural institutions in China and abroad.

郭燕是个极其敏感而又不失大气的艺术家,她关心的是人的生存际遇和社会的变迁与冲撞,在她娇小纤瘦的身躯里却有着一颗庞大并充满慈悲的内心。个体经历和生活体悟只是她创作的素材、原料和抽离样本,在她自己的作品中她能够把它们都转化为一代人的生存现实和精神危机,这也是她能够成为一个优秀的当代艺术家不可或缺的素养与能量。

– 梁克刚 2016(艺术家、策展人,评论家)

虽然在朋友眼里郭燕是一个乐观豁达开朗的人,但我觉得她骨子里是一个悲观主义者,是一个非常善于思考的艺术家。她是一个素食主义者,她热爱自然。在现实世界里,我总有很强的危机感,她也是一个环保主义者,她比较喜欢简单纯粹的低碳极简的生活,她让自己的物质物质处于一个很低的状态。她是一个非常纯粹的职业艺术家,每天都会花大量时间用于油画创作。她的许多作品都被国内外的重要艺术机构所收藏。

Graduated from Oil Painting Department, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 1995.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
6th June, 2016, Elsewhere, Chengdu Blue Roof Museum, Chengdu, China
9th April, 2016, Elsewhere, Guangdong Contemporary Art Center, Guangzhou, China
15th June, 2013,The Disappearing Hometown,Yuan Art Museum,Beijing,China
13th October, 2012,The Lost City,Tianren Museum of Art,Hangzhou,China
2011,Floating,Sibanfund,Los Angeles, U.S.A.
6th June, 2010, Tree & Butterfly, Henglu Museum of Art,Hangzhou,China
27th February, 2010,Bodhi,Z-Art Center,Shanghai,China
1st November, 2008,Purple Utopia, TS1 Gallery, Beijing, China

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Facing the Ocean – 2016 China Contemporary Sculpture and Installation Art Exhibition, Sanya, China

2015
Harmony:Art Invitational Exhibition,GaoXiaohua Art Museum,Chengdu,China
Confronting Anitya-Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art,Salagon Museum,Provence,French
Museum Angerlehner,Wels,Austria
Forcalquier Central Cathedral, Forcalquier,French
KunstwerkCarlshutte, Budelsdorf,Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art of Chengdu,Chengdu, China
Blossom – 2015 1st Group Exhibition of 100 Contemporary Female Artists in China, Chengdu OCT Art Museum, Chengdu, China
Integration Creation-Shanghai International Science & Art Exhibition,Shanghai,China

2014
Confronting Anitya-Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art,Kunstraum Villa Friede,Bonn,Germany
Yuan Art Museum,Beijing,China
Shandong Contemporary Arts Museum, Jinan, China
Art Gallery of Huayu Resort & Spa Yalong Bay Sanya, Sanya, China
WinshareThe New-Contemporary Art Invitational, Winshare Art Museum,Chengdu,China

2013
Context of Contemporary Art-2013 China Annual Art Critics Nominated Exhibition,Xi’an Art Museum,Xi’an,China
Confronting Anitya-Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art,Palazzo Michiel, Venice,Italy
MAGI’900 Museum, Bologna, Italy
May,Chinese Art Treasury, Chengdu,China

2012
Her Art-Group Exhibition For 13 Excellent Contemporary Female Artists,The Hall of the Commissioner Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Macau Special Administrative Region, Macao,China
Singing of Phoenixes – An Exhibition of Contemporary Female Artists,Tree Museum,Beijing,China
2012 Chengdu Spring Art Salon,Art Gallery of Sichuan University,Chengdu,China

2011
2011 Chengdu Spring Art Salon,The Art Gallery of Sichuan University,Chengdu,China
Annual Exhibition of Chinese New Painting at TianRenHeYi Art Center, TianRenHeYi Art Center,Nanjing,China
Nostalgia And Rendezvous- Nanjing/Hangzhou/Chengdu/Chongnqing Contemporary Art Exhibition Tour,Nanjing Qinghe Current Art Center, Nanjing,China
Blue Roof Museum of Chengdu,Chengdu,China
Hanpin Art Center,Hangzhou,China
Chongqing Grang Theatre, Chongqing,China
2+2 Exhibition, Sibanfund, Los Angeles,U.S.A.
Unable Abasence,Opening Exhibition of Winshare Art Museum,Winshare Art Museum,Chengdu,China
Jade and Pearls – An Invitational Exhibition of Female Artists from the South,Blue Roof Museum of Chengdu,Chengdu,China

2010
The 1st International Nano Art Exhibition,Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre, Suzhou, China
Pink Model Invite Exhibition, Re-C Art Space, Chengdu,China
Whisper in the City Contemporary Female Artists Exhibition, Re-C Art Space, Chengdu,China
Whispering Female Artists Exhibition,Xi’an Center of More Art, Xi’an,China
Art & Film Intertwined,Fellini Gallery, Shanghai,China
She’s Vision-2010 International Contemporary Aggressive Female Artists Chengdu Invitational Exhibition,Art Grain of Luodai, Chengdu,China

2009
Polar Tension- Beijing/Shanghai /Chengdu Contemporary Artists Invitation, Art Grain of Luodai, Chengdu,China
AwakeningFuture – Postmodern Artwork, Sunshine Jinbao Art Space,Beijing,China
Community, Community -2009 The 5th China Songzhuang Culture and Art Festival, SongzhuangMuseum of Art,Beijing,China
Lead Up-The Exhibition of the Chinese Fine Arts Critics’ Nominations 2009,Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, Beijing,China
She’s Vision-2009 International Contemporary Aggressive Female Artists Chengdu Invitational Exhibition,Chongqing Jiangshan Gallery,Chongqing, China
In 2009-The 1st China’s Young Artists Contemporary Exhibition,The Bund Museum, Shanghai, China
Memory of Life, Suomei Art Gallery,Shanghai,China
Exposition d’Art Contemporain Chinols, Chateau De Tours, Tours, France
Posture Language, New Age Gallery, Beijing, China
Chinese Patients- Contemporary Art Exhibition,Postmodern Art Gallery,New York,U.S.A.

2008
Encounter by Accident,Chengdu-Marseilles Contemporary Art Exhibition,Art Gallery of Sichuan University,Chengdu,China
Asian Arts Fair and Exhibition, Pier 92,New York, U.S.A.
The Sky of the Future, National Art Museum of China,Beijing,China
Shocked – Power of the Nature,Blue Art Space,Chengdu,China
Sichuan Contemporary Oil Work Invitational, Chengdu, China
The Root – 3Aw Gallery, Paris, France
Art in Two Cities- Dialogue of Contemporary Art Between Chengdu & Qingdao,Tianyuan Art Gallery,Qingdao,China
Asian International Contemporary Arts Exhibition,Asia World-Expo,Hong Kong,China
Shapes & Colors, Selected Artwork of Young Artists,World Trade Center,Shanghai,China
2008 Chengdu Spring Art Salon,Chengdu Convention Center,Chengdu,China

2007
Art & Poetry, Fei Art Gallery, Guangzhou, China
Curtain, Feizi Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
Floating –New Generation of Art in China, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Transparent World – Y&G Contemporary Art Exhibition Invitational, Tibet Museum,Lhasa,China
“5+3” Fine Art Exhibition, K-Gallery, Chengdu, China
Potential Chengdu – Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Young Artists, Chengdu, Song Xian Qiao Curio and Art Center, Chengdu, China

2006
2006 New Power China-Beijing Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary Art Biennale, TS1 Art Museum,Beijing,China
2006 New Power China-Contemporary Art Biennale, Artra Museum of Art,Shanghai,China
Chengdu Young Generation – Macau Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ox Warehouse, Macau, China
2006 Chengdu Spring Art Salon,The Art Gallery of Sichuan University,Chengdu,China

Awards
January, 2016, City in Dream won the Gold Prize at the “Star Hong Kong” Contemporary Art Contest organized by the Asia International Contemporary Art and Culture Promotion Association of Hong Kong

Public Collections
National Art Museum of China
Shanghai Z-Art Center
Lijiang Art Museum
Hangzhou Henglu Museum of Art
Shanghai XuhuiArt Museum
Beijing Yuan Art Museum
Xi’an Art Museum
Hangzhou Tianrenheyi Art Museum

Media Coverage and Published Works
2015
Cover Artist, Modern Youth, Vol. November
Interview by Sing Tao Daily, BC version, 1st July

2014
MR.BIG Magazine, Vol.5, August
Joy in Motion Magazine, Vol. April
Interview,PICS Magazine, 8th April

2013
Interview,Chengdu Daily, 8th March

2012
Interview, Tianfu Morning Paper of Chengdu, 14th September
Interview, Chengdu Business Paper, 5th April
Interview,Chengdu Business Paper, 20th June
Modern Youth Magazine, June, Vol.325

2010
The poster of Bodhi – Guo Yan’s Solo Exhibition was published on Hi Art Magazine in March.
Work published,Volglass Magazine, March.

2009
Work adopted as the cover of First Class – Times of Fortune Magazine, November

2008
Work published,WORLD ART Magazine in June, Vol. 72
Work published,First Class – Times of Fortune Magazine in March
Work adopted as the cover of Art Critics Magazine.
Work published,The List of Leading Figures by First Class Magazine

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