Amy Simon‘s latest exhibition, “Lin Yan + Wei Jia: Echoes from the Past,” features two highly acclaimed Chinese contemporary artists, a married couple, who have studios in New York and Beijing.
Although they have distinctly different styles, they each rely deeply on Chinese traditional painting for inspiration.
Lin Yan examines and explores the results of her native China’s rush to be modern, Simon explains. She balances this unrest with the tranquility of her materials; her work encompasses memory, time and history.
Like Lin Yan, Wei Jia’s work explores Chinese artistic tradition. Both attended the esteemed Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Here, he studies the techniques of his heritage and subsequently uses his knowledge of Chinese calligraphy as a point of departure.
Explains Simon: “His works are poetic and lyrical. Subtle colors and forms coalesce into works that are textures within textures.”
This is a show provides a rare opportunity to see two leading Chinese contemporary artists whose work is on the radar of museums and collectors worldwide.
“Lin Yan + Wei Jia: Echoes from the Past” opens with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 and runs until Saturday, Dec.11.