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About The New Zealand Landmark Paintings – Sean Chen

Sean Chen was born in China, and studied art within since 1979. He participated in 85 New Space Art Exhibition, Zhejiang State Exhibition and China National Art Exhibition several times. Since 1986, Sean had studied in Australia and then migrated to New Zealand since 1988, where he obtained his degree of Visual Arts from the Fine Arts School, University of Auckland. From 1992 to 1998, Sean travelled broadly around the world for over 40 countries, visiting many famous galleries and museums as well as presenting and participating in various seminars at a number of distinguished art institutes and universities. Then he have been in New Zealand until now, and he is profoundly impressed by New Zealand’s beautiful landscape. Sean Chen is an Expressionist painter, whose painting style takes and combines the elements of Expressionism with explorations of brush strokes, colours and tones. He merges eastern and western elements in his art creations with particular emphasis on the multicultural aspects of New Zealand. His works have been widely collected and appreciated by the western art societies and critics. Sean Chen is one of the very few Chinese artists living in New Zealand celebrated by the mainstream art galleries, where his numerous solo exhibitions had been held. His paintings have been collected by the local Parliament House, the Governor-General House, a number of well-known corporations as well as overseas art collectors. He is also one of the few New Zealand artists to hold exhibitions in America, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. His painting contains well known New Zealand landmarks like Mt Cook, Christchurch Cathedral, Napier cityscape, Wellington Stadium, Te Papa, Remarkable Mountains. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited Sean Chen’s major exhibition at the National Museum of China. As a contemporary Expressionist artist, his works have been included into New Zealand art history and school textbooks, besides several paintings albums and poem books published.
Solo Exhibition: China: National Art Museum of China 2012.12.29; National Museum of China 2013.4.9 New Zealand: Flagstaff Gallery, Art Matakana Gallery, Statements Gallery, Gallery De Novo; United States: Agora Gallery; Britain: London Daniel Gallery; Australia: Sydney Art Gallery
Pop Art: Soy Sauce Bottles in Fanshawe Street, Auckland, 1991
Land Art: 56 Totems in Botany Downs, Auckland, New Zealand, 2011
New Zealand Publications: New Zealand on Canvas, Denis Robinson, English version, 2009; Sean Chen Auckland Landmarks, Warwick Brown, English version, 2009; Sean Chen New Zealand Landmarks, Warwick Brown, English version, 2011; Christchurch An Artists Tribute, Denis Robinson, English version, 2012; Artist Impressions of New Zealand, Denis Robinson, English version, 2012; Sean Chen Paintings, Cui Xiaowen, Chinese version, 2012; Sean Chen and the aesthetics of life and art: Laughter like the ocean, Jianyi Chen, English and Chinese version, 2015

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