If you want to see the world through the eyes of the Chinese then the contemporary pieces by five Chinese artists currently being exhibited at HUA Gallery in Battersea are an absolute must-see.
The Abstract Moods exhibition displays the works of five Chinese artists who are all communicating their views of the economy, consumerism, spirituality, science and nature by using different tools such as glowing paintings and installations.
One of the most interesting artists exhibited, Gordon Cheung, who is originally from Hong Kong and now lives in London, has shown his work in the US, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Danmark and in the UK. He looks critically at the development of the financial world and how the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 has affected the global financial system.
His 12 piece “Tulipmania Series“, which shows different tulips in the foreground of a newspaper’s stock listing, recalls one of the very first financial bubbles, which originated in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 17th century, when prices for tulip bulbs were pushed up by buyers’ speculations.
Through the series he addresses concerns about the current art bubble as prices continue to increase and investors prove they are more than willing than ever willing to pay record prices for artworks.
While Cheung’s art is occupied with the economy, the works by the other artists reveal how the Chinese people living in fast-changing metropolises, such as cities like Beijing, are observing nature.
The exhibition at the gallery is a must-see for anyone who wants to better understand the Eastern world as the paintings as the paintings enable a clearer understanding of the Chinese way of living and thinking better.
(The opinions expressed are my own. I am a freelance journalist about to get top working experience.)