ZHONG CHEN and MICHAEL MUIR in
an exhibition of new works by new Artists to the Gallery
Opening Thursday 22nd September at 6:30pm
Zhong Chen was a finalist in the 2011 Archibal Prize with his painting 'Self-portrait on a Horse'. Born in Zhongshan, China and arrived in Australia at the age of 19. Chen explores issues of transcultural identity, belonging and place. Since completing a Masters of Fine Art from the Chelsea School of Art, London in 1998, Chen has further explored his heritage and cross cultural identity. This exploration and dialogue is found within his paintings that have a strong contemporary feel. Chen was acknowledged by the Australian Art Collector magazine as one of the top 50 collectable Australian artists.
Michael Muir trained at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney and gained a Diploma in Graphic Design. Muir's work invokes great painterly skill with a strong graphic quality. The continued use of broad flat planes of colour gives the work a different sense of reality in which there is a perception of simplicity.
Muir is a young contemporary artist that has exhibited in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and most recently the 2010 Affordable Art Fair in London. His art is held in private collections in Australia, England, Ireland, the Philippines and Indonesia.