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Beijing Dangdai Art Fair

23-26 May, 2024
Heaven's Guardian (2024) by David Surman
Heaven's Guardian (2024) by David Surman

SENS Gallery is pleased to announce its debut presentation at the 2024 edition of the Beijing Dangdai Art Fair, taking place at the National Agricultural Exhibition Center from 23 – 26 May 2024. The gallery’s booth will feature a curated selection of works by the gallery’s international, cross-disciplinary roster, including David Surman, Emily Pope, Jess Xiaoyi Han, Bart Kok, Andrés Lozano, Ye Zhaofeng, and Zhang Qingzhu.

Jess Xiaoyi Han’s paintings examine her self-described ‘streams of consciousness’ that manifest her feelings and experiences, and reflecting on her identity living between China and the United States. Through her use of alkyd in her paintings, Han creates colourful, whimsical forms that perpetuate into an abstract visual of the soul. Han is a Chinese artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Emily Pope creates paintings that reflect on the struggles of the human experience, in particular highlighting womanhood through the physical and the spiritual. A self-taught artist, Pope’s paintings create a life brought out from the ethereal worlds of her imagination through a stylistic approach reminiscent of neo-realism. Pope is a Canadian painter who lives and works in Toronto.

Bart Kok entrances viewers with his blue forest landscapes, enhanced by the various patterns and careful brushstrokes that embrace the canvas. Inspired by the Dutch and Flemish countryside, he blends contemporary and traditional techniques to create otherworldly realms with fascination. Bart Kok is a Dutch painter who lives and works in Lochem, Netherlands.  

David Surman’s animals are dynamic and eccentric all at once, enlivened by the powerful brushstrokes and unlimited splattering of paint on the canvas, a reflection of our complex 21st-century relationship to the natural world. Through each work, Surman creates to explore personality, emotion, and the dynamic body by minimal means that can be universally understood. Surman is a British painter who lives and works in London.

Andrés Lozano highlights the respites of solitude within vivacious settings of flora and fauna. His artistic practice involves painting and drawing, exploring the link between art making and improvisation. In his works, he visualizes a world of solitude, centred around an anonymous character, in content with their loneliness, surrounded by natures and interiors. His style is enhanced by bright and vivid tones with near two-dimensional shapes. Andrés Lozano is a Spanish painter based in Madrid.

Ye Zhaofeng’s photorealistic paintings draw upon the co-existence of contradictions and conflicts that exist in our reality, and reflects on the impacts of digital technology in human history. His paintings explore a mind that seeks an ideal life, which is simultaneously near yet far, and attempts to find balance in a stressful life. Ye Zhaofeng is a Chinese artist who lives and works in Hangzhou.

Zhang Qingzhu’s works represent the collective memories of the past, conveying the childish innocence and simplicity of people and their lives in a rapidly developing Chinese society. Zhang combines Chinese artistic cartoons and Fauvist colours to create paintings that reflect on nostalgia and the youthful hope to deflect from reality.