Third Anniversary Show
24 Jun - 09 Apr, 2004 | 10 Chancery Lane Gallery

10 Chancery Lane Gallery celebrates its third anniversary

June 12, 2004, Hong Kong --- To celebrate our third year, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery will show works from fifteen artists from around the globe comprising paintings, sculptures and photographs of various styles, textures and mediums.  This show will run from June 24 until September 4, 2004. The works will alternate throughout the summertime, featuring all artists at once. The artists include Serge Clement, Marques de Jadraque, Wayne Forte, Yin Xin, Wang Keping, Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, William Furniss, Carolyn Carr, John Thomson, Carol Lee Mei-Kuen, Fumino Hora, Jean-Pierre Potier, Simon Birch and Bryan Ellery.

The photographs of Quebecois photographer Serge Clement show Hong Kong and Shanghai through a realm of shimmering reflections and phantasmagoric perceptions. Clement’s film noir obsessions with the substance of shadow is one of the sources of strength of these pictures, but they move beyond a cinematic ambience to arrive at greater complexities of vision, ineluctable elisions of surfaces and light, and a haunting poetry of their own.  

The works of Spanish Artist, Marques de Jadraque creates his own original art; colourful images of human figures and common objects created in a sort of abstraction due to the positioning of the objects in a two dimensional space and in a new different style that creates the unexpected. Accidentally showing a bit of mystery, strangeness and humour, his paintings and bronzes, reveal the endless expansion of floating images that occupy mass and space. 

The highly textured paintings of American, Wayne Forte, compresses his figures into a confined space creating tension yet at the same time the figures are remarkably at ease. “I knew that I wanted the figure to have power and I struck on the idea of squeezing it into a space so there’s a reserve of energy. I also wanted the figure to have a relationship to the edge of the format, so the illusionistic space becomes an actual one. These are the poses people cannot actually get into, but they are accommodated gradually throughout the drawing,” he says.

Living in Paris, Chinese artist Yin Xin does not get his inspiration from modern China. He doesn’t live or work there and yet he has quickly earned an international reputation for portraying the essence of ‘Chineseness’ – the Chinese classicism of a century ago, that appears to have been lost at the turn of this one. Yin Xin’s paintings reveal his longing to bring his cultural past into recognition today. His work is not provocative: it is evocative. His portraits, with their peculiar penetrating serenity, are reminiscent of a period when China embraced religions, philosophies, arts and costume that were brought to her shores by Europeans. In this sense his work reflects the quiet collusion between East and West. 

Paris-based Chinese sculptor, Wang Keping searches for the soul inside each piece of wood he renders finding the roots and knots that evolve into form. He speaks of allowing his works to evolve and alter themselves. His pieces flow in their sensual smoothness and are inspired by the unity of philosophical Taoism where man and beast belong to the same realm. As Michael Sullivan says in his book, Art and artists in twentieth century China, “...The work of Wang Keping shook Chinese sculpture once and for all free of conventions it had laboured under since it had first become a recognized art form in China. This new freedom stimulated young sculptors, liberated some of the established ones and opened the way to a vast enlarging of the range of style and expression.” 

His powerful works have reached international acclaim.  In 1999 he was selected as one of the few sculptors for the exhibition, “Les Champs de la Sculpture,” where 8 of his works were shown on the Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris.

Also showing works by two great photographers, Robert Freeman and Gered Mankowitz, featuring their work from the 1960’s focusing notably on the Beatles and Rolling Stones. These images are recognized by billions of people world wide.  Robert Freeman was The Beatles chosen photographer from 1963 to 1966 and his work includes five album covers, John Lennon’s two books, The Beatles famous first trip to the U.S. as well as more personal images of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr that his close relationship with the Beatles allowed for. The images of Gered Mankowitz are equally famous and include several album covers of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and other music icons.  He was the appointed photographer of The Rolling Stones and accompanied them on their autumn tour of 1965 to America and for more than three years he worked by their side.