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Jia Juan Li 贾鹃丽

Jia Juan Li 贾鹃丽

On the surface, Jia Juanli’s paintings are a contemporary interpretation of Qing period pieces. Peeling back the layers reveal that her works are much more than just portraits and garden scenes. They are about the life experience of women who will never leave an enclosed space. This is a unique psychological perspective that combines personal intimacy and vulnerability with carefully hidden, melancholic solitude.

Jia’s works are a historical narrative based on traditional cultural sources. She has a passion for what might pass for insignificant details; through the unremarkable – a small silk fan, a screen or a flower vase – Jia creates the intimacy of her scenes and the pathos of ancient women. Her women are at once real and ethereal, unreachable as a distant dream. It is an intimate world created on a stage of imagination.

Jia Juan Li 贾鹃丽

1986 Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
1991 Graduated with a Master of Fine Arts majoring in Oil Painting – First Class Honor, Central
Academy of Fine Arts
1996 Ecole d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence (Institute of Fine Arts of Aix-en-Provence) On full scholarship from the French Government

On the surface, Jia Juanli’s paintings of Qing dynasty women is a contemporary interpretation of Qing period pieces which saw the influence of western artistic technique on traditional Chinese ink painting. Portraiture – which was never a subject of Chinese painting – became popular at the Chinese court. As we peel back the layers to Jia Juanli’s art, we can see that her works are much more than just portraits and garden scenes. They are about the life experience of women who will never leave an enclosed space. This is a unique psychological perspective that combines personal intimacy and vulnerability with carefully hidden, melancholic solitude.

The revolution of 1919 swept away over three thousand years of feudalistic traditions. The search for equality and freedom and the use of art to express the aspirations of women’s liberation slowly became part of the mainstream, further hastened with the forming of a new Communist China in 1949. This new world emphasized equality between men and women. Since the opening of China in the 90s, western feminism has been an important influence, particularly in the discourse of urban women.

Jia Juanli has taken a retrospective approach to examining women in Chinese art, starting instead at the ‘beginning’, through a portrayal of women in a space of dream and nostalgia from a far-away time. Jia’s works are a historical narrative based on traditional cultural sources. She has a passion for what might pass for insignificant details; through the unremarkable – a small silk fan, a screen or a flower vase – Jia creates the intimacy of her scenes and the pathos of ancient women. Her women are at once real and ethereal, unreachable as a distant dream. It is an intimate world created on a stage of imagination.

Exhibitions

1991 Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
1993 Dragon Art Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
1994 Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
1995 Beijing International Art Club
1996 Solo Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
1997 Belgian-Chinese Cultural Exchange Centre, Brussels, Belgium Solo Exhibition, Aix-en-
Provence, France
1998 Mountain Arts Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Solo Exhibition - organized by the city counsel of
Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
1999 "Jardins Imaginaires", Paris, France Solo Exhibition, Paris, France
2000 "Peintures de Femmes" - Universite d'Auvergne, France Solo Exhibition, Paris, France Solo
Exhibition, Clermont-Ferrard, France
2001 Solo Exhibition, Tours, France
2003 "Palais de Chine", Hong Kong Solo Exhibition, Tours, France Solo Exhibition, Nantes, France
2004 Solo Exhibition, Paris, France "A Lady's Soliloquy", Hong Kong
2005 "Tales from the Forbidden City", Hong Kong
2006 Art London, London, UK "Memoirs from the Palace", Hong Kong
2007 "A Tribute to...", Hong Kong "Tales from the Forbidden City", Singapore
2008 "Soliloquy of a Qing Princess", Hong Kong Solo Exhibition, Toulouse, France
2009 "Femmes Celestes", Paris, France "Dreams from the Palace", Hong Kong
2011 "Searching for Missing Dreams - Works of Jia Juan Li (1990 - 2010)", Today Art Museum, |
Beijing, China
2012 "Searching for Missing Dreams", Hong Kong
2013 Philomuses, Paris, FranceLe Salon du Vesinet, Paris, France "Blooming Time", Shanghai,
China "Memoirs from Childhood", Hong Kong


Awards

1989 Merit Award - "Song without Lyrics", 1st National Oil Painting Exhibition
1990 Merit Award - "Song without Lyrics" series, Central Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition
1990 The Arts Grants Committee Award
1991 Bronze Award "Song without Lyrics", 1st Annual Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition
1992 Honour Award - "Tranquil Garden", 1st Guangzhou Contemporary Art Biennial
1995 Merit Award - "Splendor", The 3rd Annual Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition
2004 Prix de L'A.D.A.G.P., Prix International d�Art Contemporain de Monte-Carlo (International
Competition of Contemporary Art, Monte Carlo) Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation
Awarded by The Prince Souverain and The Princess of Hanover
2012 Gold Award “Médaille d'Or Peinture Figurative”, “Exhibition of Société Nationale des Beaux
Arts”, Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Public Collections

• Capital Art Museum
• Beijing International Art Club, China
• Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong
• Mountain Art Museum, Taiwan
• Dragon Art Museum, Taiwan

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