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Zhu Jia: Paintings of the Everyday
Solo Exhibition ShanghART, Shanghai
Date: 2020

Artists: ZHU Jia 朱加

Opening: 2020/03
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Location: 1/F ShanghART Shanghai, West Bund, Bldg.10, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

ShanghART Gallery is pleased to present Zhu Jia's solo exhibition "Paintings of the Everyday" in mid-March 2020.

The exhibition presents the artist's recent paintings from 2017 to 2019, it also the first time to show these paintings to the public. The paintings depict the artist's experience and feelings in everyday life, present social situations - picnics, parties, dinners - in which friends, acquaintances, and people in the art world gather together. They take place in familiar settings such as the Barbican Estates in London; or in the garden of a friend's home; or a visit to the seaside in Spain. The figures are part of the artist's social circle and the scenes depicted are from real life.

In each of the paintings, the artist, whether at the center or the edge, is pictured outside of the main narrative or action taking place. While the paintings have the grandeur and scale of history paintings, they present everyday activities of leisure, play and enjoyment, from the celebratory to the mundane.

Made during a time when the artist was frequently travelling, living between different cities, these paintings become evidence of a solitary act, in which the artist was only dependent on a camera and his own paintbrush. They are not painted in a particular style or with an intention of depicting a grand narrative, rather they become a means to acknowledge one's place in the world, and the sometimes precarious state of occupying both the familiar and foreign; of being part of something, but not quite belonging.

In 2011, the artist invited over sixty friends and people in the art world to anonymously re-enact an illustration of an interview in the New Yorker, the side portrait of Facebook's founder - Mark Zuckerberg, to discuss art ecology. The exhibition develops the concept of "Friendship" and "People's Connection", and brings into the discussion under the context of globalization and cross-culture communication. Zhu Jia builds the connection with the outside world through art. In a sense, these paintings become the extension of his various relationships, to salute or present people's faces as he conceives them to be, also suggests a sense of alienation and the atmosphere of disharmony.

About the Artist

Zhu Jia, born in 1963, Beijing. Graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. He lives and works in Beijing and London. Selected exhibitions include: Be Together for Today, DRC No. 12, Beijing (2017); Art and Chine after 1989: Theater of the world, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A. (2017); 3rd Bienal de Montevideo 2016, Montevideo, Uruguay (2016); That has Been, and May be Again, Para Site, Hong Kong (2016); Displaying Fragments, Ten Years of OCAT (2005-2015), OCAT, Beijing (2016); Critical Pervasion, Shanghart Gallery & H Space, Shanghai (2015); Mobile M+: Moving Images, Hong Kong (2015) etc.


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