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Artist: Walter Robinson, Chen Dongfan
Date: 2019.05.25-2020.07.25

Inna Art Space is delighted to present Portrait: Chen Dongfan × Walter Robinson, a joint exhibition of paintings by both artists. On view at the gallery’s Hangzhou location from May 25 to July 25, 2019, the exhibition is also accompanied by a brochure and a preview of selected works highlighting two artists' practice at the gallery’s New York location from May 3 to May 7, 2019.


After last summer’s “The Song of Dragon and Flowers,” a public art project on Doyers Street in New York’s Chinatown, Dongfan returned to his studio to work on several ongoing projects of portrait painting, notably one series on view here: “Portrait for No One (无主之作).” Compared with the artist’s previous mural artworks (some of which are permanently on-view in cities including Hangzhou, Athens, and Turin), these easel paintings remain his habitual use of rich colors and gestural abstraction, and are added on with more recognizable references to modern art masters’ iconic styles, for instance, Picasso’s cubism characters and Bacon’s robust brushstrokes. As the title suggests, the series involves no sitters. The lack of specific subjects enables Dongfan to investigate painterly expression through imaginary characters and to approach his construct of an ideal portrait. It also makes Dongfan the model and the author at the same time; and the resulting portraits are a certain spiritual reflection, rather than figures for gaze in a traditional sense.