Chen Yingjie - 24/7: Online Auction Hong Kong Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    “I have always thought of a sentence in my creation: think big, do small. If there is no accumulation of small streams, there is no way to become a river.” —— Chen Yingjie

    Integrating the techniques of Chinese ink painting and Western graffiti, Chen Yingjie (aka. Hua Tunan) embodies a range of surging emotions with his tactile and dynamic compositions. Abandoning the paintbrush used in traditional Chinese ink paintings, the artist utilises spontaneous body movements in his creative process and adopts splashing and spraying techniques illustrating his own interpretation of a contemporary Chinese landscape. 


    The current work belongs to the artist's Gravity series, where the artist takes a more Western approach and employs mediums such as acrylic and spray paint, creating vivid painterly surfaces that are imbued with tension. Through the splatter and clashing of pigments on the canvas, the artist hopes to encapsulate the contradictions and conflicts between humans and nature: “In the face of nature, humans are so insignificant that we must be in awe of it.” In January 2021, Chen Yingjie was invited by the Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum to create a mural on Nanchang Road in Shanghai. Drawing inspiration from nature, the mural was painted on a 90 by 100 meters building facade which complements the outline of an old sycamore tree, conforming to the tree’s natural silhouette.


    Gravity XLI, a mural located at No. 292 Nanchang Road, Shanghai, Images courtesy of the artist


    Born in 1991 in Foshan, China, Chen Yinjie graduated from the Raffles Design Institute in Singapore and continues to live and work in his hometown. His works have been exhibited internationally, including Paris, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. Chen’s works have been the subjects of prominent collections internationally, such as the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, WWF Hong Kong, CapitaLand Group Singapore, and others. Chen has collaborated with luxury brands such as Cartier, BMW, and Louis Vuitton. Last year, Chen made his Taiwan debut with his solo exhibition at Whitestone Gallery, Taipei, including 12 paintings from the ‘Gravity’ series. Chen Yingjie’s solo exhibition, Revival, has just opened on July 17 at DANYSZ Gallery, Shanghai, and will continue until 4 September 2021. 

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner


Gravity LXX

signed and dated 'Huatunan Yingjie [in Chinese] 2021.6.20' lower right; further signed, titled and dated 'Ying Jie [in Chinese] "GRAVITY 70 LXX" Huatunan 2021.6.20' on the reverse
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
110.5 x 90.4 cm. (43 1/2 x 35 5/8 in.)
Executed on 20 June 2021.

Full Cataloguing

HK$75,000 - 110,000 

Sold for HK$163,800

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong
Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
+852 2318 2013
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24/7: Online Auction

Online Auction 21 - 30 July 2021