Holding a Paintbrush

EDWARD.HONGYI.JIA

Artist based in London

For me, painting resembles to be a reflector in my life. By studying in different art education systems, I gradually investigated the expressionism (surrealism) as the main argument in my painting language. Cross-cultural communication and experience have shaped my strong humanistic perceptions based on communicative reality. I am anxious to use the medium of painting to constantly reflect my speculation about the current social crux. Because I perpetually believe that artistic creation should not be confined to a single aesthetic discipline, it should be based on continuous exploration and pondering about life.
I believe that art is alive and is constantly absorbing, integrating and communicating. I have accepted Chinese traditional private education and traditional Chinese painting since I was a child, and then I came to the UK and was influenced by Western contemporary art. These experiences have shaped the unique cultural form of my creation and inspired me to explore constantly in the path of painting practice.
I will further explore the connection between individual and society from my artistic expression and perspective. Also, I wish to discover more multi- disciplinary research, which helps me to intersect into painting from unconventional dimensions of thinking. In the future, I wish I can use my artworks to bring some dynamism to the regional cultural communication in the world.

 

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW

                                   

I would like to depict grand historical themes. Through the history of the past and the things that are happening in the present today, the use of sci-fi elements as a medium is combined with personal associations to try to create a contradiction that combines the past, the present and the future. It is created by combining Eastern aesthetics with Western concepts. He produced metaphysical personal painting creation with personal artistic language.


I like to use narrative techniques to describe large machinery, spaceships, Soviet-style abandoned industrial cities with futuristic forms, and large-scale war weapons. Perhaps only the freaks created by the continuous development of science and technology during the development of the civilization created by this species of human beings. The grand historical background also symbolically reflects that on the path of human history, personal will cannot compete with political ideology. Fear, anger, grief and indignation are like the energy surging deep underground. Although there is no sense of power and violence directly expressed by the huge machinery, it also has an invisible power.

 
 
 

APOCALYPSE

                                   

I would like to depict grand historical themes. Through the history of the past and the things that are happening in the present today, the use of sci-fi elements as a medium is combined with personal associations to try to create a contradiction that combines the past, the present and the future. It is created by combining Eastern aesthetics with Western concepts. He produced metaphysical personal painting creation with personal artistic language.


I like to use narrative techniques to describe large machinery, spaceships, Soviet-style abandoned industrial cities with futuristic forms, and large-scale war weapons. Perhaps only the freaks created by the continuous development of science and technology during the development of the civilization created by this species of human beings. The grand historical background also symbolically reflects that on the path of human history, personal will cannot compete with political ideology. Fear, anger, grief and indignation are like the energy surging deep underground. Although there is no sense of power and violence directly expressed by the huge machinery, it also has an invisible power.

 

AT LONG AS LAST LOVE

                                   Fish of Story

This project is based on the experience of tropical fish farming that I have spent for 14 years. I am eager to extend the meaning of the influence of spiritual support on individuals. These tropical fish that have been with me for many years are not only pets for me, but more of a spiritual sustenance that gives me strength in dim time. So, in the works, I tried to combine the linear expression of Chinese traditional painting techniques with the mechanical form, hoping to convey surrealism with oriental characteristics through the works. I hope that these "fishes" accompanying me can form an eternal form like machinery. So I gave the fish a semi- mechanized half-life form and let them live in a space full of hope and light. I want to pass this project to the public. In today's fast-growing technology and economy, people's "spiritual sustenance" is also an important part of building a non-material level of society.

 
 

REALITY AND DREAMILY

The project is based on the Soviet science fiction roadside picnic "Roadside Picnic", which aims to reflect human being's desire and double side of humanity. This is the state I observed in my paintings on the streets of London. The bustling crowds coming and going, the old and new buildings, are separated from each other but exist in one scene at the same time. In the picture, I rely on the real scenes of the streets of London in my sci-fi fantasy, and put them together in the same timeand space background, hoping to compare the state of social class. This project was created by the oil painting medium.

 
 

CARVING STARS

This project uses the narrative construction of the novel Frankenstein to carry out the revolution against the mechanized training method of Chinese art education through surrealistic associations. This is a spontaneous painting project based on my own experience. In the art education after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the painting style of the Soviet period was consistently used, and the training of Linyi and anatomical human body structure was the main one. At the same time, in the studio system that implements art education, teachers as authoritative representatives often determine the future and development of students. This is antagonistic to my creative thinking, and it has also caused me to bear a lot of neglect. Therefore, I gave a strong emotional projection in my work, trying to construct a field full of strong contrasts, and to convey my inner persistence.

  

 
 

DAILY DRAWING

This series of works is rooted in my daily life observations for many years and presented in the form of on-shelf paintings. In my past creations, the inspiration and life experience are closely and inseparable. Whether it is high and low buildings, people of all kinds, colorful nature, or unpredictable incidents, always trigger my empathy and thinking. I tried to record the daily life with the texture of the oil pastels, because for me, this is not only a common teaching tool in the creation of children's paintings, but also a perspective of children watching the world. I am eager to use this large number of diary-style painting narratives to alert myself to always keep abreast of the real world experience, and always treat life and treat creation with a beginner's attitude.

 
 

BIOGRAPHY /CV

by Edward.Hongyi.JIA

EDUCATION

Royal College of Art                                                         London UK

MA Painting                                                                       Sept 2020- Jul 2022

University of the Art London                                             Chelsea, London, UK
BA Fine Art                                                                          Oct 2017- June 2020
University of the Art London                                              London, UK
Foundation in Fine Art Painting                                        Sep 2016 - May 2020
Tsinghua University                                                             Beijing, China
Foundation in Fine Art Painting and print-making          Sep 2015 - May 2016

  

WORKING
EXPERIENCE:

Alpha education Consulting                                                        London, UK

Art tutor part time- Academic Department                                Jan 2019 –May 2019

• Passionate about sharing art experiences to young students 

SISHU primary school                                                                     London, UK

 • Organized one-day school trip and children photographer   Dec 2016 – Jan 2019

• As an art teacher in Sishu primary school 

Xinshijue Art Studio, and Qianju Art Studio                                Jining, Beijing, China 

Art tutor – Teaching Department                                                 Aug 2015 – Aug 2017 

• Passionate about Asian art 

• Build spiritual teamwork abilities with effective communication skills 

HONOUR

Apocalypse’ exhibited in UAL 2020 Online Degree Show              28th Jul. – 07th Aug.2020
‘Resurrection’ Exhibited in London New Contemporaries               21th Jul. – 21th Jan.2021
Show in Hari Hotel by Union Gallery London  
‘Apocalypse’ exhibited in Flows Across the Bridge Exhibition in      07th Jul. 2020
Chelsea college of arts
‘Inquietude’ and ‘Mind the Gap’ exhibited in UAL                             09th May. – 09th Jun.2020
CSSA Online exhibition
‘Mind the Gap’ exhibition in BFA Show 2020                                       23th May. 2020
‘At Long as last Love’ exhibited in Singulart Gallery in                        08th May. 2020
Paris Franch
‘Inquietude’exhibited in Goldsmiths Oriental M-art in                        20th Apr. – 24th Apr.2020
Goldsmiths University of London
‘Inquietude’ exhibited in Epidemic See 2020 Online                            13th Apr. 2020
International Art Exhibition
‘At Long as last Love’ collaborated with University of the Arts             16th Feb.2020
London as cover for the college magazine 
‘Synthesis’ and ‘Coalescing’ were included in Horniman                     29st Jan.2020
Museum & Gardens
‘The Peony’ was collected by Bulgarian Embassy                                17th Dec.2019
‘At the long at last love’ exhibited in Sino-French art association
exhibition in Falerie Francis Gallery in Paris of France                         11th Dec – 17th Dec 2019
‘At the long at last love’ exhibited in T. House Art Centre Gallery             
in Shanghai of China                                                                                17th Aug 2019
‘At the long at last love’ exhibited in 2019 Beijing City Art Fair           20th June2019
The collaboration with Tommy Hilfigter, La Mer, Massimo Dutti          2018– Present
Creating the premium products with Traditional Chinese Pattern
“The Peony” exhibited in the Burgh House Hampstead Museum      11th Feb 2017
“The Lotus” was collected by the British Museum                                21st May 2017
Awarded the First Prize with subject number EV133002                       22nd March 2013
The 28th Science and Technology contest of Shandong province, China 
Awarded the qualification certificate of Grade 8 of traditional  
Chinese painting Art examination in Shandong of China                    15thSept 2008
Awarded the first prize of the third Ink Color Cup National
Children's calligraphy and painting Competition in China                   16th Dec 2005

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